I recently purchased a used Precision 16 and on my first outing the mast compression post failed. It was my stupidity, as I drove under some tree limbs in the launching area With a hole now in the deck I was able to look inside. It is apparent that water has been infiltrating there for awhile as the wood portions were mostly delaminated and weak. This either allowed the mast to pierce the deck or prevented massive further damage because it was already weak. I took it to a couple of local boat yards and they each said around $1,500-2,000 to repair and more probably once they got in to take a look. I paid less than that for the boat so to me it's basically totaled, but I'd like to try and fix it myself. My question is this: Is there anybody that has repaired theirs previously that could lend some guidance to me. I was thinking of aluminum plates with a pipe between them to transfer the load. This would require cutting a big section out of the deck though and I've never worked with fiberglass! Any thoughts would be appreciated!