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Disaster has struck!

Posted: Mon May 30, 2016 7:46 pm
So my son and I were going to take my recently purchased Pirateer out for it's (and our) first sail today. Unfortunately, when I was attempting to raise the mast,
the step pulled loose from the boat! :shock: No mast, no sailing! :cry:

Does anyone have any suggestions for repairing this? I am new to sailboats in general but I am thinking there is supposed to be some wood support right under the mast step? How would I replace that? I welcome any words of wisdom. I would really like to try my hand at sailing this boat soon but I will obviously have to fix this problem first.


Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 7:41 pm
Does anyone know if it would be safe to make a cutout in the front bulkhead right under where the mast step mounts like I have marked with red circles in this picture? ... sort=3&o=0

I'm just not sure what is behind it. Would it be better to cut out the top and and patch it back in after I replace whatever the screws for the mast step are supposed to screw into (wood?)? Not sure what to do here.

Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 7:42 pm

same problem!

Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:12 am
by rudeboy
What did you do? I was rigging my "new" Pirateer and the screws were very loose, took them out and there is no way I would trust them. thinking of filling original holes and re installing or stepping the mast plate back a little and re-drilling.

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:21 pm
by CaptainScott
Welcome to the forum!

Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:34 pm
Well, the answer to the question I asked is, YES you can make holes where I had marked in the picture. I did that to see what was under the deck where the step is attached. I ended up cutting a chunk of the deck underneath the step out and used a router to carve out enough room for a steel plate I made with threaded holes for the mast step to bolt to. I then embedded the steel plate in the space that I had made with the router using a fiberglass repair kit. at the same time I was doing that, I patched the piece of the deck that I cut out back into place. The step now holds in place very solid.