The mast needs to be unstayed so I needed to build some more strength into the forward thwart and make a step for the mast.
First job was to make some lodging knees to fit between the hull side and the thwart to brace it and stiffen her up. In the absence of proper grown crooks I glued up some iroko with a big half-joint to make a pair of blanks:
|Knee 'blank' made for lodging knee - this is the starboard one.|
|Making the port lodging knee fit.|
|Mast step tied to new floor and standing on stem knee and hog.|
|Trial stepping the mast - position for step mortice located|
|Nanw's mast stepped at last!|