#1 2017-05-17 19:46:27

John_Willis
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From: Guernsey
Registered: 2017-04-07
Posts: 8

Frances 34 Pilothouse/V34 Mast Boot

Does anyone know of a good solution to replace an original, but leaky mast boot for a F34/V34 with the mast standing???

I am pretty useless at DIY stuff, but happy to have a go.  Any suggestions welcome.

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#2 2017-05-20 08:42:30

Jonathan_Hopper
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Registered: 2004-03-23
Posts: 66

Re: Frances 34 Pilothouse/V34 Mast Boot

John - when mine started to crack (F26) I patched it using Sikaflex which lasted well.   When the mast was next out I then changed it to a new boot from a rig supplier (somebody like Allspars should be able to supply).

If they are larger cracks/holes then you could Sikaflex on patches from car innertubes - or you could make up a coat/new boot from an innertube and glue it together with Sikaflax.   This should last well enough until the next time the mast is out.

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#3 2017-05-24 13:27:44

Keith_Walker
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Registered: 2016-10-21
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Re: Frances 34 Pilothouse/V34 Mast Boot

Hi John,
I fixed my gaiter with self amalgamating tape, use the widest tape you can get hold off, I found some two inch in the chandlers. I finished off the edges and ends with a bit of rubber glue from my bike puncture kit. This advice was given to me by our local Selden dealer as I had left it to late to replace the gaiter and did not wish to unstep the mast for this job alone.
Keith

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#4 2017-06-02 12:43:18

John_Willis
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From: Guernsey
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Re: Frances 34 Pilothouse/V34 Mast Boot

Thanks Johnathon and Keith,

useful advice there.

Happy sailing!

JMW

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#5 2017-08-08 11:52:27

Colin_Reid
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Registered: 2003-11-02
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Re: Frances 34 Pilothouse/V34 Mast Boot

Force 4 do a universal mast boot.

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#6 2017-09-03 11:00:20

John_Willis
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From: Guernsey
Registered: 2017-04-07
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Re: Frances 34 Pilothouse/V34 Mast Boot

Answering my own question, I ran a strip of butyl tape tightly around the top of the mast boot and a bead of silicon around the top of that and around the area at the back of the mast where the boot passed.  It hasn't leaked since.

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