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Mickey123

New Member
I purchased an old Laser (approx 1971). The mast head was rebuilt and the bullseye fairlead was not replaced and the screw holes are no longer there. Any info on how to install new screw holes to install the bullseye fairlead is greatly appreciated.
 

LaLi

Well-Known Member
What are you talking about? There's no fairlead at the masthead. What would it even be for?

(You don't have an "M" rig & sail, do you...?)

Post pictures. Of all parts of your boat, especially the sail(s). What's the number under the bow eye?

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Mickey123

New Member
Here are photos. You can see the cam cleat near the cockpit. There should be a bullseye fairlead on the deck just behind the mast.
 

ProATC

Active Member
Speaking about just the bullseye fairlead, it appears that you should drill (tap) where you want to place it, using a small bit to drill to see if wood actually comes out, which means that there is a wood support (ridge/spine) under the deck, since there is no port opening to look or feel from underneath. Even if there isn't any wood, then you should still be okay if you use 5200/4200 (silicone based sealant) to bed the screws. You will have to use screws without nuts since you can't reach in there to fasten from underneath the deck. Try to match the same threads as the picture, there are no nuts on those screws either, so you should be fine.
 

Mickey123

New Member
Thanks for that feedback. I see that the screws used for these are not pointed, like wood screws, but flat ended, like machine screws. Even if there is wood underneath it would still need threads installed. Are there kits to do this? Or am i thinking about this incorrectly?
 

ProATC

Active Member
Should be the same type, size and thread as the cleat (Figure 5). You can unscrew one of those and take it to a hardware store to find similar one. Should be stainless steel. The one you take out of the cleat, make sure to use 4200/5200 when you replace it. :D
 

LaLi

Well-Known Member
Oh-KAY... so with "mast head" you meant mast STEP.

Nothing to add to ProATC's tips :)

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Mickey123

New Member
Should be the same type, size and thread as the cleat (Figure 5). You can unscrew one of those and take it to a hardware store to find similar one. Should be stainless steel. The one you take out of the cleat, make sure to use 4200/5200 when you replace it. :D
perfect - thanks!
 
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