Closing the gap will keep your sails on track.
Internally Hinged MastGates:
mounts inside the track channel using a shock cord as hinge and tether, creating hands-free self-closing operation for each slug when pushed into the track. The easiest to use & very elegant in looks and style. Easy to install.
( only for track profiles A,B,C. )
Externally Hinged MastGates:
mounts on outside surface of mast track, using a shock-cord as a hinge and tether. A lateral hand push on the gate plate to open or latch close the gate.
The gate plate has a single mounting hole provided for optional fixed mounting.
External Fixed MastGates:
This is the best solution for closing a sail-feed slot permanently or temporary. A preferred choice when the sail stays on for long periods.
Mounts on the outside surface of mast, using a single 1/4" removable nylon rivet to hold gate in place, and includes two smaller holes provided for a more permanent mounting.
[ hole sizes and locations can be changed as needed]
( Made in the USA, Patent Pending )
I'm a 77 yr-old Monty 15 sailor with a neurological condition that limits my hand strength and dexterity. I still sail frequently , with the majority of my sailing being multi-day trips , up to two weeks on the water. Prior to Tom installing his MastGate, I had trouble in sail handling. The mast track opening was to high , I had to stand on the cabin top to feed the slugs into the slot or when I took the sails down to reef or put the sails on the boom. Tom very cleverly closed off the existing wedged track opening and installed his MastGate in a lower and handier location. Once the sail slugs were fed into the mast track, I could raise and lower the sails from the cockpit. This made reefing and sail management much easier. The installation of Tom's MastGate has made my sail management must easier, especially reefing in sporting conditions.
I recently bought my first sailboat, a WWP19, brought it home, and went through all the systems there before putting in the water. It was immediately obvious that raising, lowering, and reefing the main was not going to work efficiently. Those sail slugs certainly have a mind of their own and the sail, of course, was all over the place. While researching the internet, I found Tom's website and videos. Without further ado I towed the boat to Tom's house and had him install the external MastGate. Now that I've had the boat in the water a few times I can't imagine trying to sail without a gate and this one is simple to install and operate.
Laury L. (Potter 19, internal gate)
Thanks Tom, I watched your videos and did the installation, I think the installation took less time than watching the videos. It went well and it looks like the gate will do a good job.
Bill / Oday Daysailer (DM-284)
just installed another MastGate. installed it in about five minutes ... took me more time to draw the lines to locate the drill holes than installing the unit. works great!
again, thanks for such a great product. so far there are two Sage 17s with MastGates!
Dave Scobie / Sage Marine
Looking to replace a sail-stop that went flying into the lake when we were closing up ship last Fall. We had the Barrel type .... - the barrel type had fit really snug...
Dana (Precision 18, now using QuickRelease TrackStop)
My new M-15 came from Bob's Manufacturing Plant with a nice Topping Lift... I have just received my Mastgate.... That and my topping lift will be a great combo when I decide to leave my sail on the boom!
I wanted to let you know that I finally got out to the boat, and the part fits perfectly- much thanks for your help with creating the specs, for the great follow up, and the great information you shared with me. All very much appreciated!!
Best regards, Steve G (1986 O'Day 23, profile F5)
I keep forgetting to let you know how the MastGate for the C-22 worked out.
It works perfectly - it does exactly what it says on the tin. I have used it for almost the whole sailing season now with no issues. You got the internal radius and external curve just right for the later model flat sided Catalina mast if that is a useful reference point for making future C-22 gates for other customers. The length worked out right too.
David M. (Catalina 22) .
Hi, Tom,... I ordered a MastGate from you a few weeks ago, I installed it per your instructions on my O'Day Mariner, and it has worked perfectly. What a huge help - especially when reefing. I certainly plan on spreading the word within the Association.
Finally had a chance to try it out on the water today, and I found that it works just fine without the "notches", as my slugs and gooseneck slide go up and down past the hinge smoothly, whether just raising the sail, putting in a reef, raising the boom to put up the boom tent, or whatever ...
Thanks for a great product, and I'm telling all my sailing buddies about it!
The mast gate works great. All sail slugs and gooseneck slide in, out, up,
and down smoothly. Thanks again for your support.
Tom K. ( Precision 18)
Tom, I’m excited about being able to raise and lower my sail without making my son “babysit” the slides as they fall out of the mast slot!!!
... I can’t imagine anybody with sail slugs that doesn’t need one of these.
Worked as intended. Zero issues. Three trips out on Sunday and two on the 4th. Really glad I did not have a bolt rope to contend with!
Fred M. (1991 Montgomery 17 )
Tom...I want to take this opportunity to thank you for my MastGate. I have used it now for almost one year on my Montgomery 17...what did I do BEFORE MastGate??...I struggled hoisting and dousing my main single handed....Your installation and invention of MastGate are first class!!...Thank You
Dan Phy (M17 & M15e )
Tom, I saw the video demo of your product on You Tube. Fantastic! - I only wish that I had seen it before I installed a Mast Gater from Catalina Direct... I tried to solve the problem of screws and screw driver, which were dropped over the side while trying to get the sail in by attaching the gates... Ordering your Hinged gate to replace the lost gate.
David M, (1980's Catalina 22 )
Tom, I thought your first gate outta the gate...so to speak...was fabulous in its effectiveness and simplicity. The kits you're selling are brilliant! I'm going to assess my needs, and while the doityurselfer in me leans toward your first gate I may well be ordering a kit for ease and no running around to find the right SS tube on my part.
Thanks for your work!!
.... After having the sail slugs fall out on me everytime I lowered the sail, I would have paid around $125-$150.00 for a gate installation.
After having viewed your video and put one on last night, on my next boat I would probably purchase the gate and drill the mast and install the gate myself.
I really appreciate your help..
Shane (Potter 19)
I have been using the mastgate for two months now and its a major improvement in sail control. Adding or removing sail slugs is so easy, just a slight push on the gate and it opens or closes. It is especially helpful when a slug needs to be removed in order to reef. My West Wight Potter 15 has a long top batten which bows when the sail is furled unless the slug at the end of the batten is removed from the track. With the MastGate that process is a "snap".
Don P. (Potter 1
In Response To: Potter 19 (ColoradoPotter)
It only took one sail to convince me that something had to be done. I just installed one of Tom Luque's external MastGates on my newly purchased 2000 P19. Now, problems solved, raising sail, lowering sail, reefing, folding sail onto the boom all have become simple. I recommend the product highly.
Posted By: laurymd (Potter 19)(Trailer sailor blog site)