I will amend this posting once I have fitted on the mast. Another possible drawback is that the aluminium is not annodised so corrosion may be a problem, We will just have to see. At least it didn't cost me anything ;o)
Well, here is the new track on the mast and I think it looks pretty good if I say so myself. Proof of the pudding will be trying it when the boat is afloat and the main under load.
I also replaced some horrible steel screws holding a nylon cleat on the mast.
Anyone recognise this?
Well it is the handle from the ball head toilet I ripped out of the boat. I removed all the stainless steel nuts and bolts and anything I thought may be of use. Low and behold I bent it into a handle shape and ground the end square to fit nicely into my furling gear. It turns a treat and will be useful until I fit slab reefing to my boat which will be for another year and another mainsail I guess.