Soooo.... I made a mistake. Someone on here was (is) selling an awesome nearly new Laser in my area at a good price - but I decided to be cheap and get an older one. I thought it looked decent when I went to look at it - but now I realize it's kind of a POS... that I paid way too much for. I'd looked on here (and read the laser buying guide) before I bought... but sometimes things don't sink in until you've really seen it. Oh well... live and learn. Anyway, my specific question is this: There is about a quarter of an inch of open space between the bottom of my mast step tube and the hull. I can press down on the deck fairly easily and get them to touch. Should I put something heavy on the deck when I glass it in so that they touch - or is that space supposed to be there (though it should obviously be sealed so it doesn't leak)? If it's supposed to be there, how do people deal with glassing it in without getting a bunch of epoxy in the mast tube? Oh - also - is that sort of donut shaped indented space around the top of the mast step supposed to be there - or did the previous owner do something weird there? Here are pics and a video of the movement and the situation: http://www.texasxterraclub.com/kaiser/Laser/MOV02241.MPG Help me Laserforum.org, you're my only hope!