Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Le Mastgate Vlog # 161

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

Annnnnd another small project with which to stall the important project.  This small project is necessary, but not too important. It’s self explanatory really.  When I refit the mast and boom I didn’t want to have to disconnect and drop the boom to take the mainsail off. Now I know that the number of times that I’ll have to remove the mainsail will be few. But the prospect of disconnecting the boom under what may be rough circumstances seems a bit daunting.

The solution? Simply to cut a slot in the sail track through which I can remove the sail lugs. The challenge with this is that with an open slot, the lugs tend to want to fall out of the track under normal use. This will not do. Not at all.

The slot in the track is about 2″ long and I need a graceful and elegant cover for the slot. Fortunately, there is an outfit in the US that specializes in mastgates. Yes, that is what such a solution is called: a mastgate.  So I bit the bullet and purchased a custom mastgate for my specific mast to accommodate my specific lugs.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work. the mastgate is about 1/16th of an inch too thick to allow the lugs to pass comfortably.  The manufacturer is quite willing to reconfigure to fix it but that would be $10 shipping handling which is more than I’m willing to spend on top of what I’ve already spent.  I’ll have to fix it myself.  :/

As always, fair winds following seas, and God bless.

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