{Stus-List} Mast step repair

Gary Russell captngaryr at gmail.com
Mon Jan 24 21:43:49 EST 2011


Dwight,
     I'm with ya on that one.  As we say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
 Golfers would say, "Don't look for a golf ball where you don't want to find
it."  :-)

Gary

On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 7:10 PM, dwight veinot <dwightveinot at hfx.eastlink.ca
> wrote:

>  Yea Gary, mine is wrapped in fiberglass too. I thought that maybe all the
> C&C boats of the early to mid 70’s that had keel stepped masts were made the
> same in that area and that it was the wood underneath that was the issue…I
> can’t tell if the fiberglass is structural and possibly part of an athwart
> ship stringer…I remember something about someone on this list drilling a
> hole through the fiberglass to get an idea of the state of underlying
> wood…dry, wet, rotten, not there or??? But I am not ready to do that yet
> just to find out…it’s still seems good so I won’t fix it!!!
>
>
>
> D. Veinot
>
> C&C 35 MKII, Alianna
>
> Head of St. Margaret's Bay, NS
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>
> *From:* cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com [mailto:
> cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com] *On Behalf Of *Gary Russell
> *Sent:* January 24, 2011 5:03 PM
>
> *To:* cnc-list at cnc-list.com
> *Subject:* Re: {Stus-List} Mast step repair
>
>
>
> No problem yet, that I can see.  My step is wrapped in Fiberglas, so it's
> hard to tell until catastrophic failure.
>
>
>
> Gary
>
> S/V Expresso
>
> '75 C&C 35 Mk II
>
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 3:13 PM, Della Barba, Joe <Joe.Della.Barba at ssa.gov>
> wrote:
>
> It is a slow motion process, so a yearly inspection can’t hurt. MK II
> owners, what say you?
>
>
>
> *Joe Della Barba*
>
>
>
> *From:* cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com [mailto:
> cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com] *On Behalf Of *dwight veinot
> *Sent:* Monday, January 24, 2011 2:12 PM
>
>
> *To:* cnc-list at cnc-list.com
> *Subject:* Re: {Stus-List} Mast step repair
>
>
>
> Does anyone know if the mast step on the 35 MKII is prone to the same type
> of problems that people have been reporting about the 30 MKI and 35 MKI?  My
> boat is a 1974 model and I can’t see any evidence of repair so I guess it is
> original.  Water from the shower gets past it on its way to the bilge
> because the boat was built to drain that way and the bilge often has an inch
> or so of water in it from rain down the mast or the stuffing box so it must
> get wet.  Still seems solid and the shrouds hold tension.  A few years ago I
> removed the uppermost aluminum casting and cleaned it and repaired some
> corrosion pitting with reinforced epoxy and painted flat black with a couple
> of coats of Tremclad , bedded the keel bolts and reinstalled.  The boat has
> been stored mast in for the last two winters.
>
>
>
> D. Veinot
>
> C&C 35 MKII, Alianna
>
> Head of St. Margaret's Bay, NS
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>
> *From:* cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com [mailto:
> cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com] *On Behalf Of *Dennis C.
> *Sent:* January 23, 2011 6:01 PM
> *To:* cnc-list at cnc-list.com
> *Subject:* Re: {Stus-List} Mast step repair
>
>
>
> Important advice for anyone attempting a mast step repair.  Measure
> everything!!!  Measure it using a good reference point or points.  If your
> mast step has subsided, you will have to look a the mast at the collar or
> partners to determine how much and adjust your measurements accordingly.
>
>
>
> I placed duct tape on the cabin sole around the mast and made reference
> marks for fore/aft and athwartships positioning of the mast and stepping
> box.  I also measured to cabinets, etc, in case the tape moved or
> disappeared.  Again, measure everything!!!!!
>
>
>
> Take pictures.
>
>
>
> Most important measurement is the height of the floor of the mast stepping
> box (i.e. the height of the bottom of the mast).
>
>
>
> I had a new mast stepping box made.  It was just 4 pieces of 2x2 aluminum
> angle welded together.
>
>
>
> Make sure you leave a limber hole(S) or conduit(S) for the passage of bilge
> water fore/aft.
>
>
>
> The mast step on Touche' is solid glass.  No wood.  I spanned the bilge
> sump and then laid glass until the final elevation was reached.
>
> Dennis C.
>
> Touche' 35-1 #83
>
> Mandeville, LA
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