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Old 23-06-2011, 07:35   #16
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That name looks familiar Gord. It has been nearly 15 years, and the memory is a wee bit weak these days with age........i2f
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Lancelot, what kind of caulking are you going to use that cures when it is one to four inches thick?

Spartite is used to form a plug between the mast and mast partners, and that's usually a gap anywhere from 1/2" to four inches wide, in order to allow the past to be positioned and raked properly in the deck. It replaces the wedges normally used for positioning the mast, as well as sealing the hole.

Caulk is for caulking, not positioning masts in decks.
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Lancelot, what kind of caulking are you going to use that cures when it is one to four inches thick?

Spartite is used to form a plug between the mast and mast partners, and that's usually a gap anywhere from 1/2" to four inches wide, in order to allow the past to be positioned and raked properly in the deck. It replaces the wedges normally used for positioning the mast, as well as sealing the hole.

Caulk is for caulking, not positioning masts in decks.
Actually the mast is dead on vertical and not raked. I put the caulking in around 10 years ago and all I remember is that it was a GE product and bought at a hardware store. I too thought about the curing problem for a large bead(used the entire tube in the caulking gun), but remembered many a tube solidifing right in the tube itself(the whole tube not just the nozzle) after only a short period after cutting the nozzle. Plus the gap is no more than an inch wide around the mast. I've spoken with the spartite people at the boat shows, but they don't seem that well versed in the engineering aspects being mostly sales types.
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I helped a friend put spartite around his mast some 5 years ago and if I remember right there are instructions to use wax paper around the edges of the deck(while the spartite cures) to allow the mast to come out of the boat with the spartite intact around the mast. That seems to be an advantage for its use. IMHO
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Might the alternative mast boot seal product have been:
FlexaneŽ 80 Liquid (Devcon)
ITW Devcon | FlexaneŽ 80 Liquid
Yes, it is. Before Spartite started repackaging it, we purchases Flexane 80 from WWGrainger (wholesale industrial suppler) to do the job of replacing the old wooden wedges - partners that held the mast in position as it passed through the cabin top.
- - We would cut thin plastic rigid sheet to form a base inside the cabin around the mast hole. Then mix and pour the Flexane in from above. After it cured we would remove the plastic from inside the cabin and install teak trim around the mast. The installation I did on my boat has lasted 15 years so far.
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