Used to sail a Laser as a kid. Unfortunately back then I wasn't too into upkeep and they were sailing school loaners, so we used to just put everything away and rinse them off. 10 years ago the sailing school closed so I bought one for a steal. Sat in my yard for 5 years and then I finally spent the last 5 buying replacement parts and fixing her up. Entered an open boat race in 6 knots of wind and crushed them, so all is good. Took the boat out yesterday and it was blowing 10 knots with 15 knot gusts. Should be fine for a Laser, but my concern is with age and abuse over the years some parts may be a bit worn, like the mast and the mast step. I demasted a wooden boat last year in a pop-up storm, don't want to go through that again. Here are my plans and concerns (TLDR): I plan on cutting an inspection port between the keel trunk and the mast step to inspect both for cracks. My mast was bowing back in the heavier wind. I see that this is normal. Is there something I can do to the mast step to make sure it doesn't crack? Some preventative maintenance? Which way should the bolts where the mast joins together face? Parallel with the goose neck or perpendicular? I drained a bit of water out of the hull. Should I cut another port elsewhere to look for issues? Thanks!