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    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    Leaving (OCMD)  tomorrow morning to go around Hatteras and spend a couple days at Cape Lookout.   I think the track should be good for now, with the loose screw holes now helicoiled.  It’s something I’ll keep an eye on and consider replacing this track with a glue on next summer. Out of...
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    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    The mast is carbon wrapped with a sacrificial layer of 4 or 6 oz glass on the exterior. The mast track is tapped into a 3/8” thick aluminum bar stock glassed into the inside of the mast. I think 10 years of SS fasteners in the AL are compromised by corrosion.  No way around it.....unless...
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    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    I think the issue is likely from dissimilar metal corrosion of the aluminum tapped track inside the mast.   2 years ago I attempted to remove the track to paint the mast.  I got 90% of the fasteners out, but the rest would not come free while trying all the tricks in the book. I used new...
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    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    Cut the pulled out section of track and installed helicoils and reinstalled the track.  Then I went up the mast and found a few more stripped screws. With the random stripped screws, I was able to install the helicoil without removing the track (had to mod the helicoil installer Dodad to fit...
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    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    Underway, going to pull into OCMD and find some helicoils
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    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    Hi, Started heading south this morning from S NJ.  Got to the far side of the Delaware Bay when I went to go shake a reef.  The sail wouldn’t raise, so I’m looking around for snags, when I noticed about 5 bolts hanging loose from the mast track (the bat cars were catching the protruding...
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