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Moving genoa track from teak rail to deck

I have finally decided to tackle my leaking rails. This project has been a real bear because first I had to grind away fiberglass to get to the nuts securing the genoa tracks (thru-bolted to the rails), then another layer of glass to access the teak rail nuts. Since I am finally about to remove the rails, I am looking at other options to avoid having to do this again down the road.

I would really like to move the genoa tracks inboard a few inches and simply bolt them through the deck instead of on the rails. The picture below shows this.
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Would this make sense or should I put them through the rails again?
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No problem mounting them on the deck, but it does add more holes that you have to be concerned about.
Why not just remount them to the rails but don't glass over the hardware?
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BigZ- the original problem was that the areas where the genoa track was mounted were the only places that were leaking. I believe that this is because of the extreme forces that act upon the track and thus wore down the bedding at a faster rate.
Remounting them on the rail means that any time they started to leak again (as I'm sure they eventually will) I will be forced to remove the entire rails along with the track in order to seal up the holes. I was thinking that it might be easier to rebed the track by itself and that the bedding of the rail might last longer.
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Re: Moving genoa track from teak rail to deck

I am also in the process of chasing leaks around my 1967 Westerly 28 and would love to compare notes. I don't have enough posts to be able to PM you but if you see this, please do respond and we can chat Westerly 28- not that many of us out here!
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Re: Moving genoa track from teak rail to deck

I would be inclined to leave the track on the toe rail, if for no other reason than to cover up the mess of holes. I would think it also adds some strength, which isn't a bad thing. You can always get another piece of T-track to put on the deck if you want tighter sheeting. That way you have a choice of lead positions depending on point of sail etc.

Is the position of the tracks in your pic where you are thinking of putting them? If so, I think they are much too close to the toe rail. I would be concerned about the fairlead chewing up the rail, not to bention the potential for dirt and moisture to be trapped in that narrow space between the two. Keeping it clean could be a pain.
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