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.


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.

is the link to that earlier forum discussion...

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