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Re: Spartite and new mast boot

Forget using a one piece "collar" style boot. Get a dead inner tube from a tire store and cut out a piece shaped to neatly wrap around the mast with a healthy overlap. Wrap it around the mast upside down and hose clamp the top from the underside. Fold the rubber down over the hose clamp and organize it neatly around the base of the mast/collar/step and hose clamp it again. Put a bead of caulking in the top "roll" against the mast to prevent water collecting in the small depression where the rubber rolls over the top hose clamp. Total cost - the price of two big hose clamps.

If you want to get REALLY slick, get a fabric boot made from Sunbrella or suchlike to cover the innertube rubber.

Enjoy your totally dripless deck opening.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.

Last edited by SloopJonB; 04-02-2012 at 03:18 PM.
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