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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:38 pm 
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Has the design of the mast base and step changed over the years on the H16? I was told that the only design changes(to get more rake) were in wire rigging lengths and low profile blocks. I was thinking of replacing the step and base on my '86 boat (all aluminum mast). Mine are in good shape, but I was under the impression that the new step and base are cast differently for more rake and better mast rotation. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:57 pm 
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Yes... In the early 80s we changed the step to allow for rake and again around 2004 we came out with another changed base and step casting set. The 2004 version allows even more rake, has larger stops and matched surfaces for less wear in contact points. The step cup also has small holes drilled in it that are called a "chip keeper". The chip presses into the recesses and grips the chip in place. They don't squeeze out when sailing or fall out during transport. Really cool idea by Dan Ketterman. Works great.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:08 pm 
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Thanks for that info. I'll be replacing those soon.


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