This is kind of a continuation of the furler cleat discussion below.
A few weeks ago we set up to go out in heavy winds and ended up scrubbing. The cleat would not keep the jib securely furled and the clew got batted around against the mast (and me) pretty severely. When we got out on the water this weekend I noticed that the jib was hanging on the mast every time we tacked. The cause was that the clew was separating, probably from damaged sustained in the high winds. I use pigtails and the pigtail rope probably held it together enough to prevent further damage.
The clew appears to be two pieces of anodized aluminum on either side of the jib held together by six pop rivets. several of the rivets were gone and a couple were just barely still holding.
So if I drill out the rivets and replace them is that all there is to the repair. Are the aluminum plates glued to the sailcloth as well? If so with what? What size rivets? The holes are 1/8 x I'm guessing 1/4?
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