Draining the bilge around the mast step

On our boat we always had some water findings its way down the inside of the mast into the bilge around the mast step. Obviously the yard that had built the boat wasn’t aware on any recommendation to facilitate draining this water away to the main bilge. So after heavy rain falls some water stood there. This seem to have been a particular problem with the mast supplied originally by Sparlight with its wide top opening to allow smooth running of the spinnaker halyard. For years that has bugged us.
Last winter we took off the foot and put in a plate which sits about 1 ft above the base, actually beneath the escape of the cabeling in the mast. We added to connect a hose leading back to the main bilge. IMG_0141