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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 1:14 pm 
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I have tried various ways to cradle the mast on the rear of the boat when trailering. I have used everything from a folded up towel, old life vest, and even a new fiberglass cradle with a bungie attached. Unfortunately, the new cradle only lasted a couple of trips before I lost in on the road somewhere. :oops: (I understand I am not the first to loose one).

So, I am looking for a better way to keep the mast from rotating onto its side and off the rear crossbar. :idea: I am sure there are some great suggestions, so please let me know! Photos, of course, are worth more than.... well you know.

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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 2:03 pm 
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Life preserver+bungies works for me


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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 4:49 pm 
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page 30 of the hobie cataloge
38651200 REAR MAST STAND

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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 8:35 pm 
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I recently bought my boat and the previous owner had a big beach towel wadded up with bunjie cords to hold it down. It seems to work OK but the towel is wet and moldy after it rains.


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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 4:24 am 
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I tried all sorts of homemade cradles, pads, etc. Since I have an aluminum Trailex trailer, last year I broke down and bought their rear mast stand fixture. Works great and is secure.

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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 9:27 am 
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I use a 4 by 4 post that has a cradel made out of 2 by 4's. I'll try and get a photo this weekend when I go work on my boat.


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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 10:15 am 
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My boat came with a mast caddie that has a sticker on it from "Midwest Aquatics". The unit clamps on both the rear cross bar and the mast. Very easy to remove and adjust. I have no idea how old it is (guessing at least 10 years and probably closer to 20 or more), but the caddie seems to be fairly sturdy and everything works great.


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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 12:52 pm 
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caweaver3 wrote:
I use a 4 by 4 post that has a cradel made out of 2 by 4's. I'll try and get a photo this weekend when I go work on my boat.


I've got a similar setup, wrapped each end w/ pipe insulation to keep the decks from getting scratched and mounted my trailer lights on top (the connection wire just lays across the tramp when trailering).


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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 2:23 pm 
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I use a rack pad. The foam covered in cloth type for surfboards. Typically there is bungee on each end to tie it off and I tie it to the mast. I then bungee the mast down. I have also found that the black rubber bungees hold the best. Cheap and easy! Just don't forget to remove the pad from the mast before raising it, don't ask how I know :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 3:39 pm 
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I made a rear mast cradle that attaches to the trailer frame. The weight of the mast never touches the boat while trailering. I think it is the best way to carry the mast.

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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 11:07 am 
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Another advantage of the rear mast cradle that attaches to the frame is if your trailer breaks the boat can't slide off the back. I have a Carnai trailer and last trip all four mount plates for the cross bars broke. Only thing keeping the boat from sliding off the back was my mast cradle and beach wheels.

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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:31 am 
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That busted trailer still stings, hunh, Rich? I look on the bright side that you wife was available for crew at the regatta (Thanks, Daisy!).


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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:36 am 
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Thanks for the salt John. Feels real good in that open wound.

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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 1:38 pm 
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Swim noodles...the big (6" dia.?) kind. Cut a couple of pieces about 8" long. Carve them (longitudinally) to fit the rear crossbar and the mast (I always carry my mast with track up). Stack them up and use lots of bungies. You can get about three sets out of a $5 noodle. I probably travel with the boat an average of 600 miles round-trip an average of eight times a year....no problems.

Jerome Vaughan
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Clinton, Mi'sippi


i had the same question yesterday, just now saw your post,

this guy Jerome responded with this cheap and effective method, its so simple !!!


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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 2:53 pm 
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I’ve build a very nice rear mast cradle using 4” PVC TEES. This cradle rests on the rear cross bar and locks into the traveler track. Take one 4” PVC Schedule 40 cleanout TEE. (A cleanout TEE has slip connection on the straight thru and threads on the 90 degree.) Cut the straight thru section in half thru the centerline on the pipe section. This will be the cradle seat for the mast. Line the pipe section half will outdoor carpet. Cut the section TEE on the straight thru section to remove a wedge section about 2 inches (See the photos for location.) Using a threaded plug connect the two TEEs so that they align at 90 degrees. Attach bungees as desired to secure mast to cradle and cradle to cross bar.

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http://s192.photobucket.com/albums/z87/ragnar_danneskjold/Mast%20Support/

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