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The bubble heads before me decided a forward bimini was WAY more important than sail size/shape, and moved the boom up (about 12 inches).
This forced them to cut a new sail slug groove into the mast.

Anyway, since I could not stand losing that 12 inches of sail area the entire length of the boom, I moved it back. I basically fudged the slot closed with two slabs of aluminum rivited into place, but the slot is not smooth and slugs don't traverse it well.

I have recently been diagnosed with RA, and I just don't have the hand strength anymore to struggle with raising/lowering the mainsail, and I am just getting into racing this boat well (its smoking the courses around here even in light air).

Anyway, I was thinking strong track or sail track for the mainsail. Can anyone tell me if it makes sense on a 32 footer to do something like this. all I really want is a smooth slot for the sail slugs to ride in.
 

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Thank you all for the info. The main on the 32 definitely IS small which is why I ask.

Maybe I did ask the wrong question. Is there a better way to smooth out that slot.

So you guys can help better I need a better picture. I'll see if I can update thread when I get one.

I can say the original slot was cut out of both sides of the slot, this one was deeper/wider but only one side. I took a stack of two flat pieces of aluminum, one overlaps the hole the other exactly fits the hole, but unfortunately not the inside curve.

The slot is uneven enough that the square slugs have gotten stuck and broken while hoisting (my bad under winch help). Round slugs seem better, but jam as well. I finally gave up and set a stop above the slot and one below so that I can hoist smooth enough without dealing with it.

I will add the masthead sheaves are likely shot, and helping to make hoisting tougher.

Finally my RA flare right now is taking much of my grip so I'm doing most things with mechanical assistance just to keep what grip I have left. I refuse to stop sailing, and sailing solo as frequently as possible. I'm trying to stay ahead of possible deterioration of my strength hopefully for only short periods. Safety being of course my first objective. I just started my medicine regimen so I'm looking at 3 to 4 months before I get some function back. Regardless I've really only been slowed by this about 3 months, and still managed a fleet 1st, and combined fleet 2nd, so I'm going quietly :)

Let's table this till I can get close up of the botched slot. Maybe add sheave replace for next mast top trip, which I guess will not be me now.
 

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do you guys actually do sailing races???
That's awesome!!!
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Um - yeah, sometimes it even almost fair :p Mixed fleet racing is like allowing corvettes and volkwagon beetles in the same race then attempting to apply a number to the difference in performance in all conditions. Its about as successful too.. Still fun though.

Sorry I never got another shot of the slot on the mast.
 
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