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Mast boot tape, the 4" stuff, is usually used when you want to get rid of the vinyl boot.
If you want to use the vinyl boot, then you may want to try this method.
Take the boot off at the bottom and invert it, (turn it inside out). Use the hose clamp on the inside and fold the boot over it. At the bottom I often just use a whipping of waxed twine about 1/2" wide and forgo the bottom clamp altogether.
On my own boat I would use the same method using a whipping on both top and bottom.

Any good canvas guy can make a nice looking boot to cover the whole thing if you want. Get it to match your sail cover.

Duct tape???? Come now.
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Duct tape is OK below deck, but IMHO it is terrible stuff outside. Sun makes it deteriorate, but nothing makes the sticky deteriorate. You have to wash it off with paint thinner! I have seen a lot of mast boots made of plastic grocery bags and electrical tape, but mast boot tape (which is a wider version of rigging tape) works best, and is easy to remove when needed. Whatever you use, it will look better and last longer if you have a canvas boot to cover it, but don't expect the canvas to hold tight enough to the mast to keep the rain out!
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Getting the rigging tape off is pretty easy, since it doesn't adhere to anything but itself. BTW, they make a 4" wide version for this IIRC, so don't bother with the 1.5" crap.
I mispoke regarding the width. Not at the boat so I couldn't measure.

"Crap"; how nice of you to express yourself that way.
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Steve Dashew method

We used the Steve Dashew method of neoprene + shockcord + mast boot tape.

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Works great, is cost effective and easy to install.
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Mast boot tape

Mast boot tape is the only way to go, Once it has been on there a few years you have to cut it apart to remove it. West Marine cost is not bad, but if you want to really save a couple dollars, you can find the 4 inch tape on ebay.

For a cover after installing tape, I just used some scrap canvas of the same color as my main sail cover and quickly hand stiched, glued up a basic cover with velcro tape. Unless you have to have a cover just so so, no need to go to a canvas shop. Just make it yourself.

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I mispoke regarding the width. Not at the boat so I couldn't measure.

"Crap"; how nice of you to express yourself that way.
Had to laugh. I thought his usage of the word "crap" was rather humorous in a "trailer-park" sort of way.

Please, everyone take up sewing so you don't ever need to have someone sew up sunbrella for you again! It's simple, fun, saves a ton of money and the sewing machine needed is not the heavy-kind that Sailrite sells. Sunbrella is about like denim.

And thanks all for the mastboot comments. I'm going to be putting up a keel-stepped mast for the first time shortly and I need to know this mastboot stuff.

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I was installing mast boot tape on my new boat last weekend and it was not sticky at all. It didn't seem to have any adhesive qualities. I tacked it down with 3M 4000.

Was this a mistake? I didn't see any other way to make the 'tape' stick than to use some kind of adhesive.

How bad did I hose myself? :-)
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it sticks to itself when stretched. it doesn't initially stick to the mast but when you pull it tight around the mast you then stick it to itself and it will seal pretty well. easier to do with a second person holding the end in place till you get around the mast once
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sunova.....ok...rookie mistake. Hopefully it holds up for a while and I don't have to deal with removal any time soon. :-)
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To keep the sharp metal hoseclamp edges from cutting the canvas boots on my masts, I threaded them through a length of nylon tubular webbing. This "sleeve" can be slid back to expose the tensioner to tighten the clamp and to cover it. The sheath from a line will also work. I use wedges made from a synthetic material to control swelling.
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