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Old 04-19-2009
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mast boot

The stick is off and it is time to install a quality boot.
Is there a certain type that I should buy regardless of cost, or for that matter, anything I should avoid regardless of cost.
We have a keel stepped mast, centered with shims at the deckplate.
I do not intend to pull the stick again anytime soon so I want something that will solve the problem for a long time.
We had used self amalgamating tape last year and while I think it is a great interim fix I would still prefer to have a properly fitted seamless boot (assuming such a thing exists).
While we are at it, those little teak shims, the PO had them installed on the sides, the rigger I hired to install the mast last time, installed them fore-aft.
Said it was quite incorrect to have them on the sides.???.
Then again, his guys installed the forestay with the furler off by 180degrees, so maybe he isn't the guy to listen too. Somehow the shim thing doesn't feel right for something that takes so much load and can move around a fair bit.
I like Cam's idea of rope and silicone, the commercial version looks slick, if expensive.
The big question is, which road is the best one to take.

PS - We do not race, we are laid back cruisers.
Also, I am the sort who hates doing things twice.
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