Reply To: Adjustable mast base
Hi there. There are some boats in the UK fitted with permanent mast adjusters. The number of boats fitted with these are very few. They are manufactured by Alex Scholes. Although 1 has been retro fitted that is a major and expensive job. The adjusters can’t be used during racing.
So most of the fleet uses what you probably have fitted which is a series of small chocks fitted at the mast base and deck level. The same system is favoured by the top end of the fleet Internationally.
Some sailors have a mean position and don’t make any adjustment to the mast whatsoever.
Others would adjust the mast according to wind conditions generally going forward at the mast base in windier conditions to take load of the Rudder.
What ever system you have adjusting the mast at the base means the mast coming out. Most modern boats would have the chocks kept captive with an elastic system. If you decide to change yours to this system instead of plates and butterfly nuts etc do so with care. The chocks need to be captive and secure as if they come out the mast can be dislodged after a capsize and that often means a hole through the boat. Sorry don’t wish to be dramatic to a newbie but I’ve seen it happen. So maybe put up with the difficulty of moving the mast. Find a position that works for you and enjoy sailing the OK. Hope that helps.