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Installing rigid boom vang - rivets or bolts?
I'm going to install a Garhauer rigid boomvang on my Bristol soon.
I've seen past discusssions on how to attach the hardware to the mast and boom. Seems like a choice between :
Thread the holes and use bolts. Stainless or Monel?
Don't thread them and use rivets. Then there are Stainless, Monel, or Alu rivets!
I've got some evil-smelling anti-galvanic corrosion compound that I've used in the past and will use to seal the threads/holes.
Seems like if the mast material were thin, rivets would work best. You need 4 or 5 threads for bolts to have an advantage. Is the mast that thick?
Right now there's no boom vang at all so whatever I use should be an improvement!