Since 1991, Tides Marine has provided essential marine components to the marine industry. At Tides, providing excellent customer service is our no. 1 priority and we proudly manufacture our Shaft Seals, Rudder Bearings and Sail Track in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Our products improve vessel performance and reliability, solve unique system issues, reduce the need for scheduled maintenance and provide worry-free, long-term boating enjoyment. We are the US Master Distributor for Aqualuma LED Lighting, MATE Pumps, Horns & Rubrail as well as Super Stainless, a gel based, non-abrasive, stainless steel cleaning agent.
Measure the length of your existing mast gate (D in the diagram to the right).
In order to install the Tides Track, the mast gate must be at least 3" long and open on both sides of the centerline of the luff groove.
The distance from the top of the mast gate to the gooseneck should be at least 10” long (E in the diagram to the right). If the distance is less you might not be able to feed the Tides Track past the gooseneck and into the luff groove.
If your current mast gate configuration does not meet the above parameters, you will have to modify your existing mast gate accordingly.
In the above example, the existing mast gate is 2" long (too short) and the distance from the top of the mast gate to the gooseneck is 6" (also too short).
Simply enlarge the mast gate using a Dremel tool or grinder, moving up the mast until the top of the mast gate is 10" above the gooseneck.
Your mast gate is now 4" long.
The distance from the top of the mast gate to the gooseneck is now 10" long.