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How to Make a Sailboat Mast Boot

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Prepare and Measure
Mast Boot Prep

Photo © Tom Lochhaas

Before starting, gather your supplies and equipment. You’ll need:

  • A automotive inner tube (medium size)
  • Large hose clamps (typically two for each of two circles around the mast, joined together)
  • Silicon sealant
  • Long wire tires (optional)
  • Screwdriver to tighten hose clamps
  • Tape measure
  • Hacksaw
  • Optional: Sunbrella or other cloth to make boot cover

Remove the old mast boot and adjust the wedges if necessary. This would also be a good time to adjust your stays and shrouds if your mast is not well centered.

Measure the circumference of the mast and the lower base plate.

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