July 2005 --
I originally had some deck mounted spring blocks at the
base of the mast, but when I
redesigned the Running Rig
I relocated all the blocks.
So for the last few years I just had a little piece of polyethylene plastic screwed down there to hide the ugly stuff and protect the gelcoat from blocks that slam up and down as lines go slack.
I was having some other
stainless work done,
the guy who's doing it gave me a nice plate for this spot.
The screws are sunk into epoxy,
not into the core, just like with
the oopstang plate.