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Old 25-05-2016, 07:57   #1
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What's this mast part?

I finally got my boats mast up after fixing many other problems and when I got the main sail up I noticed there's small part missing which helps that the mainsail riders stay in the groove. Is this a custom part or something commonly used? What does this part normally look in the masts?
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Old 25-05-2016, 08:32   #2
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Re: What's this mast part?

Usually called a mast gate, sometimes a plate that slides to the side, sometimes spring loaded. I just pulled up this page on google that seems to have a good explanation.
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Old 25-05-2016, 09:15   #3
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Re: What's this mast part?

Thanks! Just what I was looking for. Definately saved me few hours of googling (:
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Re: What's this mast part?

You could also use a simple "track stop", a sort of clamp you place in the mainsail track above the opening so your sail slide (riders) won't fall back out.
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A gate is a little more convenient and secure perhaps but will be a little trickier to fit.
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