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Adam and Candace Cultraro

Hi Bud,

I don't expect you to remember Cloud Nine's (43#44) mast step as you've probably seen a zillion boats after her.

My question is this: The steel I-beam was severely rusted where it meets the compression post. The spacers are rusted and flaking, and the top flange of the beam is crumbling.

As opposed to cutting the sole and removing the old I-beam and replacing it with a new one, couldn't I just ditch the old I-beam and make a new compression post to connect the old one directly to the keel? Is this structurally safe? I suppose I could fashion a fiberglass step in the bilge for the new compression post to rest on.

I will cut out, remove and replace the beam if necessary...cutting the cabin sole even more just seemed invasive.



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