North main clew slide pops out

We were racing #338 in some pretty gusty weather this weekend (30kts) and I noticed at the end of the day the little slide at the end of the foot (by the clew) had popped out. The main was noticeably more difficult to unslide from the boom - as though the cord along the bottom was jammed in the groove a bit. Being an older scot, my hardware is pretty "classic" (I still have winches), so I wonder if the groove in my boom is wider than todays? Seems like they're probably been using the same extrusion, but who knows? Anyhow, it happened two days in a row, so I know it wasn't a fluke. Could I take a hammer and block of wood to the tip of the spar to try to close it up a bit. It seems like North wants that slide to carry the bulk of the leech load (there's a stout wire/webbing interface there) so I am a little concerned about damaging the sail if it keeps happening. Thanks, Chris www.grsa.org

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I've used a wood block and hammer to tighten up an older boom.

I've used a wood block and hammer to tighten up an older boom. The channel on the boom I measured was about 5/32" wide at the narrowest point.

Just following up to confirm that hammering a block of wood to c

Just following up to confirm that hammering a block of wood to close the gap appears to have fixed my problem, although the wind probably never got above 10kts this weekend.

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