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Old 26-09-2009, 19:32   #1
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Mast Track

I have a mast that has a plastic like material as the mainsail track. It fits into the mast as though it were a replacement for the orig track. Problem is the plastic has begun to chip out so my main comes unziped. I have made 2 repairs which has gotten me down from Ak to Or but am worried about going any further till I find a more perm fix. I have looked around and talked with riggers and no one has seen this previously. anyone out there have any info? thanks. PS no clue as to the manufacture of the mast.

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Old 26-09-2009, 19:55   #2
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I am sorry to hear that your track is chipping. We recently purchased something similar, but for an external mainsail track. Ours is made of high molecular weight poly, which is supposed to be UV stable. I cannot remember the maker, but I ordered it through our sailmaker. Omar Sailmakers in Beaufort can help you if you call them. Also, I would think a search would bring something up. Be prepared for a pricey estimate; the track I got was $18 a foot. All I can say is thank goodness for low aspect ratio masts.

Good luck with your search!

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Old 26-09-2009, 21:11   #3
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We have a 'Strong Track' built by Tides Marine, which may fit your description. Their website is here: Tides Marine Dripless Shaft Seals - Rudder Bearings Seals and Sail Track Ours is a 'plastic like' track that fits up the original sail-slug groove in the mast.

We've been real pleased with our system and have had no problems since installing about 5-years ago. But in case yours is the same system... hopefully the contact and info can help.

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Old 26-09-2009, 21:28   #4
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it sounds like you may have the tides marine strong track system as already mentioned by others,i have installed this on a customers 47ft yawl about 10yrs ago and they have been very happy with it,however,when we had the boat in the shop last spring and were going over the mast i noticed little cracks running around the tracks,no function issues yet though we will keep an eye on it.
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