Bingo, bango. That is exactly what happened. I lot of holes drilled in some crazy scheme to reinforce it with more bolts. I sort of see the logic in doing that, other than I would like to trust that the boat manufacturer knew what they were doing when they built it, and it is probably best left as is.
Yes, it probably is a real pain to get a mast there. The guy I am buying
it from already has one there, just sold it to me before he got around to putting it on.
I went to the J website and they don't have info posted on the J/37. Tell me about it.