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Originally Posted by Perithead
Also, there wasn't really any place that I could find where the boom attaches to the mast.
So... the boom wasn't attached to the mast and you were still able to go sailing.

To hold the tack of the sail down I just took a short line and tide it under the boom.
That can work temporarily and I have done it before. However the tension on the tack needs to be not only down (to balance the halyard) but also forward (to balance the outhaul). On my boat there's a pin that goes through holes in the end-boom fitting. When it broke I tied the tack with rope and then replaced it with a bolt later.

Some close-up photos would help.

There are some fairlead V-cleats at the base of the mast that I do not know thier purpose, could this be it?
Not sure what those are for. Pictures?
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