Well, the plug didn't just slide out as it would have in my dream world. I had to drill a hole out the middle with a spade bit and then bang away with a sharpened pipe, pry bars and maul. I finally got all of the pieces out and it didn't hurt the tube a bit.
The tube is snugger than it should be so will need a little sanding but it just barely rubs in spots and shouldn't take much to open up with some 60 grit wrapped around a pipe.
|It took a fair amount of persuasion to clear the foam plug from the mast tube.|
|But in the end it did come out.|
Next on the list of "items to do" before the tube can be installed in the boat is to make sure that the mast will smoothly rotate inside of the tube. That will be the aim of our next joint session.