I bought a HC18 that has a longer/extended mast. It's really heavy and one person cannot lift if by standing on the trampoline. I installed a winch on my trailer, had everything in place and started lifting the mast, as I want to be able to do this by myself and not depend on any help. The mast raised slowly, as I used the winch. However, just as it started to go up, the mast tilted to the right side and broke the base hinge. The shrouders are not tight as the mast is still lowered, so I wonder: What is the trick in making sure that the mast does NOT tilt sideways, either right or left?
My question must be a stupid one and have just cost me 45 bucks to buy a new base hinge.
thanks for any insight