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mast track filler?!?!?!

I remember reading something awhile back, should have marked the thread. On san juan 24's there is an aluminum filler in the main sail track to fill the area you would put the main sail slugs. I would like to get something like this for my boat, as I had to put new slugs on the other day, as the ones I had broke, went with slightly longer stronger slugs.....so I would like to put the bottom of the slugs at boom level, and this filler thing would work fantastic.....

Now if someone can help me remember what the blinking things are called, and where to get them!

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Mainsail Stop by Davis


Used to prevent slides or slugs from falling out when the sail is lowered or reefed. It is a large, gnarled wheel with a 1/2" diameter slug.


DV2350 Main Sail 1/2 Screw Stop Price: $7.99

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He's looking for a Mast track gate or Sail track gate...

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Ah - makes sense.............

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Not sure the gate is what I want, I have the stopper now, what I want to do, altho probably not explaining well. is use two pieces of aluminum that fill the slot you put the slugs in from either side, so the slug will go below this opening, then when you raise the sail, the slugs stay in the track. ie they replace the mast that has been ground out to install the slugs, still leaving a slot for the slugs to go up and down, but not fall out.

I remember someone saying san juan 24's have this option, saw the part, but for the life of me, searching last night, could not find the thread. It might be the gates, but that is not looking/reading correctly.

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Sounds like this might be what you're looking for

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Catalina Direct: C-22 MastGater Sail Track Gate

These are sized for a Catalina 22, but they also have them for C27's.

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I would be interested in one as well. I was thinking the other day how nice it would be to have the main lay all the way down on the boom when flakeing it down for storage. It would be better for the battons also

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Jim,

That would be it. I'd probably be more in line with a C27 size. I may contact US Spar and see if they have on for my spar section since that is the manufacture. Then again, maybe a local Chanderly like Fisheries supply or WM for that matte may have them too.

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Might want to look at what we're talking about... from the RigRite website:

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Mainsail Gates allow the Sail Slides to slide past the Gate entrance without falling out
That sounds like what you're describing that you want to be able to do...


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Not sure the gate is what I want, I have the stopper now, what I want to do, altho probably not explaining well. is use two pieces of aluminum that fill the slot you put the slugs in from either side, so the slug will go below this opening, then when you raise the sail, the slugs stay in the track. ie they replace the mast that has been ground out to install the slugs, still leaving a slot for the slugs to go up and down, but not fall out.

I remember someone saying san juan 24's have this option, saw the part, but for the life of me, searching last night, could not find the thread. It might be the gates, but that is not looking/reading correctly.

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I have always had to make them for the boats that I have owned because the length of the opening and the shape of the mast varies from mast to mast. I have ususually taken a piece of aluminum 1/8"x 1.25"x1.25" angle and cut off one leg so that the a short piece of the leg turns into the slot with the bottom of the leg flush with the inside face of the track. I then bend the other face to sit flush on the mast (It takes some beating on a curved rod with a heavy hammer.) I then cut it to length, radius the corners and file the exterior top an bottom corners so the sail does not hang up, drill it for bolts, drill and tap the mast, sail with them for a while to make sure they are right, and then paint them to match the mast.

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