Westerly Nimrod tabernacle/ mast foot

I have recently purchased a Westerly Nimrod and would really appreciate any advice about the firmer of the mast in the tabernacle. There is a gap either side of the mast foot as well as beneath it.

The mast is silver which I thought meant it wasn’t original but I would have thought there should be some spacers to ensure a snug fit which I imagine should be wooden. I have also wondered whether there should be a wedge under the mast foot itself.

Does anybody what the original setup would have been and what should I do to minimise any stresses whilst keeping the mast easy to raise and lower?

Any help would be greatly appreciated,


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