All voids in the mast have been filled with epoxy putty and it has been sanded ready for a primer.
I was surprised to find the mast did not fit snugly into vent box. The cross-section did not match the shape of the hole through the deck, nor was the foot shaped correctly. I couldn’t insert the mast fully into the socket at the bottom of the vent box, because a wad of epoxied woven roving was in the way. Remedial work to put it right will not be easy, on account of limited accessibility. Wedges between the deck and the mast can solve the poor fit problem; in fact such an arrangement could be better than having too perfect a fit, because the mast can swell when wet, making it almost impossible to extract. That happened twice with ‘Faith’. An old wooden spoon fits perfectly into the slot aft of the mast, and its handle is useful for levering it out. A thin wedge on the starboard side of the mast will make it fit perfectly.
All I have to do is find a way of removing the wad of epoxied woven roving within the socket for the foot of the mast.
The rudder was difficult to take off because I could not undo two rusty nuts retaining the tiller to the stock. I had to saw them off and lever the tiller away from the stock. The rudder could not be dropped from the lower gudgeon without first removing the tiller. An initial inspection of the hangings did not reveal anything untoward. Both the rudder and the stock would appear to be solid. A washer was missing from the retaining bolt on the starboard side of the rudder. That presented an unfair load which could have damaged the rudder.
If I have a chance tomorrow I shall try sorting out the yuloh rowlocks. Technically, there should be a pin on which the yuloh articulates. A rowlock causes unnecessary friction and it does not allow the yuloh to move freely.
I shall have to work out how to fit an outboard bracket. Having fixed one before to ‘Faith’, I may not find it too difficult, but I think I may first have to remove a large piece of wood from the transom. A bumpkin could be the solution for keeping the sheet clear of the outboard.