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newport 27 stopbolt near top of mast track

I recently purchased a beautiful new (used) mainsail for my newport 27. It's a custom made sail with the N27 designation and it was a great deal. It's crispy and white and seems almost brand new. I was really excited to get it. On a calm day at the dock I ran it up the sail track a few times and kept having a problem with the last 2 or 3 inches and after jumping on the halyard and finally winching it to no avail, I looked with binoculars and I can clearly see that it is hitting a stopbolt near the top of the track. I have the manual for the boat and the dang bolt is actually pictured and clearly labeled in the specs. Has anybody else had this problem and is there a reason to leave it? I can't imagine that it's there to keep the halyard from being jammed into the sheave because you'd have to undo the tack for that to happen. There's clearly 5 or 6 inches left until the headboard would be at the top anyway. Thanks to anybody who can relieve my frustration
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Re: newport 27 stopbolt near top of mast track

Can you just move the bolt up the 3 inches you need without deleting it?

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Re: newport 27 stopbolt near top of mast track

Hey ge, thanks for replying. Actually I haven't seen the stopbolt up close but I did send a little camera up the mast on the jib halyard and got a breif glimpse of it. I don't see why it couldn't be moved although I will definitely not be the one moving it. I have a definite fear of heights so I doubt that I'll ever be convinced to go up my mast. I'm not at all opposed to supporting my local rigger and he's a pretty good guy to ask for advice most times. I'm going to send the camera up again, this time with the sail up, and make sure that the slide is bumped up against the bolt before I call him. The picture associated with my post is actually a pic of the new main although it's pretty tiny. I'll try to post a few more but I'm new to the site.
So, you think it's worthwhile to keep the bolt in the track? Is that a standard thing on sail tracks?
Thanks again.
Bob
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