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Re: New sailor looking for help - Harrison Bay, TN
To stop the sail slugs from sliding out of the mast track you can use a bolt and wingnut with some heavy washers. The head of the bolt goes in the track with a washer that fits in the widest part of the track but which will not fit out the slot. The other washer goes over the end of the bolt and the tightened wingnut holds the assembly in place, where it will keep the slugs from sliding down. When you want to take the sail off the mast, loosening the wingnut will enable assembly and the slugs to slide down to the gate. You could also screw self-tapping metal screws into the mast on either side of the track and wrap a short length of stainless steel wire between them.