“ZANABE” a modern wooden yacht, was noticed to be deforming below her mast due to insufficient structure. RMD was contracted to perform the following scope;
-Assess strength of existing inadequate structure per sailing loads ( mast compression )
-Design new mast step to fit within yacht geometry without any destruction of existing framework. A mock-up was built in plywood to prove out the geometry.
-Engineer mast step in stainless steel, utilizing FEA to optimize plate thickness
-Oversee step construction and installation