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I am replacing the spreader bracket on my Catalina 27. The through bolt on the old assembly has frozen to the compression tube within the mast. The bolt will jiggle around, but I can't beat the bolt out through the compression tube and therefore out of the mast...Any ideas on how to get the through bolt out of the compression tube and out of the mast?
Are you doing this work with the mast standing or is it down?
Have you removed the tangs from both sides of the mast?
Usually a compression tube at the spreaders will be cut off flush with the outside of the spar. Meaning that the tube usually has the same outside diameter as the diameter of the hole. Meaning that it should just slide out after removing the nut and tangs. Even if the bolt is frozen in it.
That's a very common occurrence by the way.
Last edited by knothead; 04-04-2009 at 08:53 PM.