Mast Partner & Step

Last night I finished the mast partner and step. The mast sits up next to the forward bulkhead. The step is a 16″ long shaped 2×4 with a hole drilled in it and a 3/4″ piece of plywood below it which will be glued down to the bottom of the boat. This holds the mast in place and spreads out the pressure so it doesn’t punch down through the bottom of the boat. The partner is another 16″ shaped 2×4 piece that gets attached to the top of the bulkhead. It has another 2″ hole drilled in it. The mast is dropped through the partner and into the step. Unlike a modern sloop-rigged boat where you have wires supporting the mast, the partner and step do all the work of holding the mast up. With those pieces complete the only major piece left to fabricate is the tiller.

Mast partner and step

Mast partner and step

Total time: 52.5 hours
Total boat cost: $467
Total tools cost: $200

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