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I’m also wanting to increase rig tension so that I can use headsail reefing. Currently the mast is resting on the pin, but I appreciate that it needs for be fixed at the base and at the deck. I was thinking of cutting a slot in the base of the mast and setting it over a ridged piece of mahogany. Alternatively, creating a slot piece for it to swing into with a gate across the front.

BUT, given Colin’s comments about fixed spreaders, should we actually be trying to stiffen up a wooden mast to such an extent?

I was thinking of a wire halyard and a highfield lever, which may give sufficient rig tension to make the swing spreaders work more efficiently and therefore not need replacing?