[Public-List] More on Mast Sail Track Attachment
mainstay at csolve.net
Mon Oct 19 17:50:22 PDT 2009
Thanks Mick -
I am heading for Victoria on Monday next week - are you near there?
Gord #426 Surprise
On 19-Oct-09, at 8:28 PM, Michael Taylor wrote:
> A big thankyou to all the replies. I assume that what I had in
> place was the original set-up. The track was riveted all the way up
> the mast. The rivets appeared to be aluminum with a steel mandrel.
> None of the holes were threaded/bolted. Even by the gooseneck.
> So it looks like it will have to be rivets unless I go for new wider
> sail track. At this point I would prefer to put it back as it is.
> At some point I will have to look again at the the sail track but it
> is not a priority. The change would mean new cars on the main also.
> The idea of installing a backing plate behind each hole is a
> possibility though I think almost as much effort of starting with
> new sail track. I just like the idea of machine screws that come in
> and out readily.
> If I opt for stainless rivets. I am wondering what it will be like
> to drill out stainless rivets when I eventually remove it again? I
> removed all the aluminum ones in about 20 minutes and they may have
> been there for 42 years! Also, would SS rivets damage the soft
> aluminum inside the mast given how difficult it to sheer the mandrel?
> Anyway thankyou for all the suggestions. By the way I am on
> Vancouver Island though I have kept my Australian Yahoo Address.
> Mick #231
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