Boom sail track problem

I have an older FS, vintage 1978. I noticed the other day that the sail track on the aft-most end of my boom is wide enough that the slug on the main, closest to the clew, is out of the slot. Is there a way to close the sail track somewhat? I think I've read somewhere that you can take a block of wood and a hammer and close the slot a bit. Has anyone else had this problem and how did you fix it? Thanks in advance. Ron

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Generally tapping/hammering the bolt-rope track closed will work

Generally tapping/hammering the bolt-rope track closed will work one time. I recall a much earlier forum entry talking about the increased brittleness of aluminum once re-bent. That would suggest you may re-bend the track once with good success. While I haven't used the hammer-with-board technique on a boom track, I have done so successfully on a mast track. I would advise comparing your boom track opening to another if possible before lift-off. Flying Scot Inc. will always give you good advice on such matters, too. Here is the link to that earlier forum discussion... FSSA Forum editor

Thanks for the tip.

Thanks for the tip. I will try it this weekend and let you know the results. Ron