I picked up some wedges (shims) at Home Depot in the window and door department. They are made from a tough material…looks like tan colored nylon and are about 1″ by 4″ give or take. I lightly tapped them in all around the mast from the bottom side…don’t overdo it as you could either put a dent in your mast or put the mast out of column. Make sure to put a ss hose clamp around the bottom ends of the wedges or they will work themselves out. And then tape over the clamp. And then boot or tape the mast on the topside. I’ve used this set-up for 3 years and they are still where I put them. Good luck.
In Hawaii we generally sail in plenty of breeze so we set up with little mast rake. We have wedges on the after side of the partner so we can bend the rig without adding rake. Helps keep the weather helm down.
My theory for using wedges is that since my mast has the dreaded hole for electrical drilled in the front of the mast, mast bend would be limited to the section above deck level. I’m not sure how this works out in practice but my thinking is that the less tension I put on the forward side of the mast in the area of that hole the better. No cracks yet and I want to keep it that way. Does this make sense to anyone else?