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  1. IStream

    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    Roughly 40oz or 2.5lbs.
  2. IStream

    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    You'll likely get at least as long out of the helicoils as you got out of the original fasteners. Forget it and go sailing...
  3. IStream

    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    No it will not and no you don't.  As long as there is sufficient clamping force, there will be no relative movement between the fastener and the mast and no loosening of the fastener. Dissimilar metal corrosion that leads to thread degradation leads to working of the track, which leads to...
  4. IStream

    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    You don't want to go more than a half turn or so overlong. If you do, it can be tough to snap the tang without screwing up the insert. 
  5. IStream

    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    I think you mean diameter, not depth.
  6. IStream

    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    It's not hard to figure out. Stick a small L or hook-shaped piece of wire into the fastener hole and pull it back until the hook contacts the inside of the mast. Mark where the track is flush with the hook, pull it out, measure the distance from the inside of the hook to the mark, subtract the...
  7. IStream

    Mast track bolts stripped...best fix?

    Once one fastener goes, it increases the load on its neighbors, which then give way like a zipper. It's entirely possible that the fasteners farther away from the failure are fine but you need to check them out thoroughly. I wouldn't just see if they're tight because it's possible that there's...
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