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Posted: 13 Apr 2008 at 12:30pm
Morning All, I was recently lured by the beauty of a Yankee Dolphin, #85, and took somewhat of a leap in the dark and bought her. It is a beautiful boat, and I am very excited about it! The previous owner had removed the hinged mounting plate for the mast and told me it needed to be bolted back into place. It looks to me like it may have been attached with stainless screws instead of bolts, otherwise the only access for bolts would involve removing part of the ceiling in the cabin. Any advice on this would be appreciated! Thanks Hull #85

Posted: 14 Apr 2008 at 7:40am
Hi Greg My boat is O'Day # 12 and in the early days we did not have liners. My mast plate is is thru bolted with 4, 1/4" SS hexhead bolts - 2 on each side immediately fore and aft of of main bulkhead. There are small wood pads thru which the bolts run to their washers and nuts. Ron Breault (Marionette) ps I am also the webmaster of this site. Can you advise your boat's name and sailing area? We need to get her up in our Roster. Contact me at ronbreault@dolphin24.org. Send in some pictures if you can

Posted: 14 Apr 2008 at 8:32pm
Ron, Thanks for the heads up. I dug around in the box the mast plate was tossed into and found one 1/4 stainless bolt mixed with an assortment of screws. Looks like I'll be removing the liner. Hull #85

Posted: 14 Apr 2008 at 9:41pm
Greg If removing the liner is a hassle maybe you can drill a pilot hole from the top through the liner to position the holes. Then cut out a small section of the liner (maybe with dremel tool abrasive wheel?) and fit single bevelled mahagony backing blocks for the fore and aft pairs of holes. I am assuming that the mast plate sits right on top of the main bulkhead. Varnished they could be a decorative touch. Whatever you do keep notes and your camera nearby and send in a report for our technical file. Its an intersting little project Ron Marionette

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