I've been researching how to properly mount mast
turning blocks for a keel
Backstory: I've rebuilt my whole deck
and I had to put several layers of glass around the mast as this area had sagged. It was solid, it's not sagging when I step on it, and now it should be very solid with the new glass/epoxy but something has deformed the deck
at some point in the past. There was a heavy layer of filler underneath the old teak
to make it level so these damages are pre teak refit
20 years ago. I suspect that the rod that holds down the deck to counter the turning blocks and shroud
load might have been too tight when shrouds have been released and subsequently the deck flexed.
I will now put in three turning blocks on either side of the mast. Having put time and effort into restoring the original shape I don't want to accidentally increase headroom
underneath. I don't wanna blow wads of cash on a Selden mast ring so I'm trying to come up with a solid solution that transfer turning block loads to the mast.
What do you people think about using eye bolts and an eye nut on the middle one on each side of the mast that connects to a pad eye riveted to the mast via a turnbuckle? Has anyone seen similar solutions?
Some might say that the rod should suffice, but I don't feel to comfortable adding 4 more blocks by the mast without addressing this. I don't want to put the blocks on the mast above deck as the lines would run too high.