| Alan Wright Mon 04 Aug 2008 14:50:01|| I have recently floated my Manta for the first time. Am I right in thinking that there should be a blanking plate to cover the whole left when the boom is dropped in to prevent the main mast stays from dropping back out. If so does anybody know where I can get one from. Thanks very much.|
| Mark Mon 04 Aug 2008 18:06:24|| If you have the original mast and sails there was no cover for the slot. The original sails have a rope bolt on the luff which goes in the main mast track (up) and the boom goose neck also goes in the same slot in the mast track (down). From your post, I am right in assumming that your main sail has plastic sliders on the luff that you are inserting into the mast slot?|
The only thing that springs to mind is to shape a piece of wood (or something) to fill the cut out which you could fix in place with some bungee looped around the mast to stop your sliders from dropping out of the track.
| Alan Wright Sun 10 Aug 2008 21:07:48|| Mark, thanks for the reply. Please can you tell me what a rope bolt is, I have no idea. Yes I do have the original sails with the plastic tags. Thanks|
| Mark Tue 12 Aug 2008 20:20:41|| The rope bolt is the thin rope sewn into the luff of the sail (top to bottom) and on the Manta main sail it is also along the foot and slides into the boom. The luff rope bolt slides into the slot on the mast in exactly the same way as your plastic sliders. The advantage is that there are no gaps between the mast and the sail so the sail should be a bit more efficient. The disadvantage is that there is a bit more friction so it is slightly harder to raise and lower the sail.|