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    Posted: 25 Jun 2015 at 4:06am
Hello all, and thanks for your help as this project gathers momentum!!
On my older Kemp mast that still has the roller boom set up, the luff track does not go down very near to the boom making slab reefing ( my new main is set up for that and most of the attendant blocks and tackle are on the boom) and flaking the main more difficult than it could be. It appears to me there is a luff grove in the mast itself and perhaps one could detach the riveted-on track and use the groove that is in the mast.
Does anyone have some experience with this?
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We too have the old Kemp mast with single line slab reefing. We did not do the conversion ourselves but the mast has an extra section of track (somewhere between 12" to 18") attached below the main track.

We have lazy jacks (but no attached sail bag/stack pack) and it's easy as pie to reef and also for one person to drop and stow the sail - or it was until we got our lovely but slippery new one from Sanders with all the flakes in the 'wrong' place! :-D



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I think most people who have the old Kemp mast have unriveted the old luff grove - I certainly have. I filled the rivet holes with blank rivets to be waterproof. All you have to do is find the appropriate sliders and modify the sail. Could be an excuse for a new sail - the fully battened ones work really well.
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p.s. There is also a question of sail entry. I cut a bit out of the mast myself and bought a metal clamp from Selden. I can take pictures if it will help.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Zoom 495 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jun 2015 at 6:38am
Hey all, thanks for the response.
Ken, pics would be appreciated for sure. My email is clairebouant@gmail.com
So many small tasks to do, and I may as well do them all at the same time, so thanks for your help,kris
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dolphyn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jul 2015 at 12:26pm
Brigitte, do you happen to remember how you obtained that extra piece of luff groove? I would like to extend my luff groove further down too, but wouldn't where to get it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dolphyn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jul 2015 at 12:30pm
(I may have been unclear in my previous post: with luff groove I mean track through which the luff or runners go.
My mast is the original Kemp, but I have slab reefing now and the mainsail has 'runners' that go through the mast track.
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Hello Dolphyn
One answer is to take a bit off the top. This was done on mine before I modified the lot. The only snag was getting the sail past the lazy jacks. You could also try J/R.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Brigitte Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jul 2015 at 1:37pm
I'm afraid we didn't do the job ourselves - I think it was most likely done in Sweden as the boom is Swedish, as were the old sails. I'll have a look at the top of the mast next time we're aboard to see if that was where it came from.

Maybe it's worth asking if anyone is replacing their Kemp mast and having a bit of track off that.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote moongirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 2015 at 11:42pm
Try contacting Spencer Rigging (Cowes & Southampton) when Jemmana was re-rigged they had several old CO32 masts - JR may have some too 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Keny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Aug 2015 at 10:03am
Hello Dolphyn - finally took pic. sail entry plate. Normally only one needed.http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah187/ibnajwaad/a0e521ca-21b5-4c11-bdd9-2658305b2e33_zpssk8egnkn.jpg
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