Mast Step Fabrication/machining

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mwattsi14
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Mast Step Fabrication/machining

Post by mwattsi14 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:13 am

Hi Guys.

I am trying to get a new mast step made up as the old one is a poor fit in the new rig.

Anyone got any recommendations for someone that can machine acetyl at a reasonable cost? Or other approaches to creating a new mast step. The mast sits inside an oversize tube with a metal bar across as the bearing point. So its a relatively simple circular mast step with a channel cut into it.

Hope to be back on the circuit in Weymouth after far too long away from the I14!

Cheers

Mark
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gbr1442
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Re: Mast Step Fabrication/machining

Post by gbr1442 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:48 am

Mark
Might be worth trying this guy chris at http://seadub.co.uk/ he is under the itching bridge and made my metal gooseneck on my old boat.
Tom
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mwattsi14
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Re: Mast Step Fabrication/machining

Post by mwattsi14 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:06 pm

Cheers Tom.

Will check him out.

Mark
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Re: Mast Step Fabrication/machining

Post by JakeSkala » Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:26 am

Mark,
If you are still searching for a solution I have 1 suggestion and an alternate option.
I had a similar need and was able to get an off-cut tube of raw material from a local plastics supplier. Within mm if the outer diameter of my carbon mast tube. I took it to a local woodworking retail store where they offer classes. One of the instructors was curious enough in my project and said they used the shop for custom stuff all the time. He made me 3 mast butts for $90 USD labor. Three because he kept getting the tolerance tighter. Anyway I've used University's, schools and now wood shops to do some custom machining for me. They typically can do it faster and cheaper than a commercial manufacturer or marine outfit.
Option 2 is I still have the 2 extra mast butts. They were made for a CST 14 mast with a bar running horizontal beam wise. I don't recall the dimensions but could find them and send you pictures if you are interested in one. The tolerance on the remaining two are absolutely workable. The final one I'm using is so tight I've never even screwed it in.
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Re: Mast Step Fabrication/machining

Post by mwattsi14 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:25 pm

Thanks Jake.

My crew Chris thinks he has an option to get it made via contacts at work. Fingers crossed it works out.

Cheers

Mark
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