Mast Horn Cleat

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  1. IrishAyes

    IrishAyes New Member

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    I see that many newer Sunfish have a horn cleat on the starboard side of the mast.

    My older rig does not have one. Is that something I need to add?? If so, what is the best way for me to attach it to the mast? Aluminum Pop Rivets? Screws?
     
  2. JohnCT

    JohnCT Active Member

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    I used screws for mine.

    You don't "need" to add one, the advantage is it takes the halyard load off the deck and makes it easier to tie the tail end as a vang to keep the lower spar down going down wind.

    Something from the race community
     
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  3. signal charlie

    signal charlie Active Member Staff Member

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    Make sure the rig is still secured to the hull somehow, other wise the mast, spars and sail can fall our during a capsize.
     
  4. fhhuber

    fhhuber Member

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    But diving for masts is fun

    :p
     
  5. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    Having had a mast snap at 14" above the deck, I hesitate to drill holes in the mast. Has anyone used 3M 5200 adhesive for this purpose?

    Some find it difficult to work with. :p

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. JohnCT

    JohnCT Active Member

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    I used 5200 and screws, I also put it as high off the deck as the rules allow to avoid the high stress area near the base.
     
  7. sailcraftri

    sailcraftri Well-Known Member

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    I never thought of using 5200 as sun block.
     
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  8. tag

    tag my2fish

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    I used screws, and like JohnCT, put it as high up off the deck as possible. I used the 3M 4200 sealant behind the cleat, and fastened it on with #10 stainless steel sheet metal screws – I had to pre-drill the mast with small pilot holes.

    this picture is a good diagram of where to put it, as well as other rigging information.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. signal charlie

    signal charlie Active Member Staff Member

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    Hey Andy, that must have been the guy 5200ing the splashguard to your boat!
     
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  10. andyatos

    andyatos Active Member

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    By golly, you're right! I thought that dude looked familiar.

    - Andy
     
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