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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 12:48 pm 
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Hi,

Finally picking up my 1980 H16 and am going to attempt to step the mast with my 65 year old dad. Neither of us have ever stepped a mast before, but I've watched Matt Miller's early '90's video at least 5-10 times in detail, along with as many youtube videos as I can find. I also printed out the Hobie 16 manual to follow.

Now why I wrote in was to see if anyone / everyone who has special secrets, or tricks, or time-saving suggestions that I should follow when I step it on Saturday afternoon. This is meant to not only save me time and frustration but also to keep me from killing my dad in the process, or vice versa!

Absolutely love the forum and have learned so much. I do have a guy from the local sailing club coming over in the afternoon to teach me how to rig up the H16 but at least wanted the mast to be stepped before he got there.

Thanks in advance!


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 2:06 pm 
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Find an area free of overhead wires and other obstructions. I would recommend getting the boat on the ground or if you are at the beach, get it on the sand, I use driftwood to chock the hulls to prevent the boat from rocking and point the hulls downhill. I use a piece of 1/4" line about 8' long to tie between the bridles and my wire jib halyard. With the shrouds attached and the hinge pins and teflon bearing chip in, I raise it just like in the video. Now I pull on the jib halyard, cleat it off and immediately attach the forestay to the ten-hole adjuster. Your dad could help by being in front of the front crossbar and making sure the base of the mast goes in the cup and not on top of the mast stops and prying off the mast base, check those mast rivets and make sure that they are fitted together tightly because someone else might have previously pried it loose. If it all goes well and no shrouds get caught up under the corner of the tramp, it should just glide right up. Good luck and double check for overhead wires, especially if you rig the boat at one place and move it mast-up a short distance to the water.


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