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Bud Taplin
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You are right, the long I beam was for ease of production purposes, however it did help spread the load. If you have to do any replacement, then I would suggest a large box tubing pipe or U channel, with plates welded on each end going from under the mast base directly down to the ballast. Make it 1/2" shorter for ease of installation, and slip in a metal spacer plate when the post is in place. Preferably, the post should butt up to one of the bulkheads, and be bolted to it. Set the bottom plate on top of the ballast in a bed of mat and epoxy resin. Slip the spacer plate in place, and attach to the top welded plate. This fix does not require the mast to be removed.
If you do remove the mast, then make the post come directly up to the original mast base location, and bolt it all together.

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