Mast Base and Mast Step Misalignment?
I've owned FS #4655 for a little over 3 years, but sail on my own and never owned an FS before, so it's still new to me, and I don't always know what's "normal" and what's not. So, the first time (and every time since), I stepped my mast, the aft-edge of the mast hits the mast-step at about mid-point, and it is impossible to finish stepping the mast, because the mast does not slide backward across the step and drop on that last half-inch of so. So, I solve the problem by not putting the hinge-pin all the way into the sleeve, but rather only about 70%, which keeps the mast a little higher and gives it clearance above the mast step. However, I was told very clearly recently that I shouldn't have to do that, and it's potentially dangerous. It doesn't look to me like the mast step has ever been repositioned, but I suppose it's possible. Does anyone know why it's hitting at the mid point of the step, and then won't slide back? I've just learned that the step is supposed to be silver (mine looks black, but i realize now it's because it is so dirtly). Would that make that much difference? Also, the top edge of the step has a few pock marks on it, but nothing serious. Pictures are linked below. Note that I was using a Mast Helper, for the first time, and it was a problem with the MH as well, but also well before I got the MH. Either the mast is not sliding back properly, or it is hittiing the mast step too far forward. I'm a bit perplexed.