We just purchased Highfield levers to make it easier to adjust the shroud tension, especially when setting up in a brisk wind. The Hobie catalog states that the shrouds need to be shortened to use the levers, but does not give the proper length. Murray's sells similar looking levers and states that the shrouds need to be shortened 8.25 inches. We ordered new shrouds and the dealer shortened them. Maybe the Highfield levers are different from Murrays and Hobie, but the shrouds turned out to be about 4 inches too short. We used them by attaching the old adjuster to the top of the Highfield lever. That works fine until I can get another set of shrouds cut to the correct length. I guess Hobie could not specify the correct length of the shroud because they don't know how much you will rake the mast.
I don't know if there is a downside to using these shroud adjusters, but it is soooooooooo much easier than adjusting the shroud tension when settin up in a 17 knot wind. Much faster to set up and much faster to take down.
My question is what can we use to cover the shroud adjuster. The covers in the Hobie store are sized for the standard adjuster and are not of great enough diameter to cover them.
thanks for any advice.