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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:47 pm 
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Hello Guys and Gals. First post. Been sailing for over 30 years, my first beach cat.
I just bought a mast step link kit, should I be using this with an old boat or just keep stepping the mast without it?
I don't want to mod the mast base and not have the step link not work. I read somewhere that older boats you have to replace the step. Im sailing all next week and don't want to screw this up. Thanks for your time.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:57 pm 
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Links are FAR safer.

The kit has instructions on modifying the original "hook" version. No other parts are needed. You drill the pin out of the step casting, cut off the hook and drill a hole on the mast base nub.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:11 pm 
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I'm with Matt!!! Links are not only safer, but easier if you step the mast solo, it wasn't always easy to engage the hook- link's a piece of cake!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:21 pm 
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Easy mod, much safer stepping the mast.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:24 pm 
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Appreciate this is an old post but having just purchased a 1970s Hobie Cat wonderring were I can get a mast stepping conversion kit. Thanks.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:51 pm 
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hobie-16-Mast-S ... ob&vxp=mtr

There you go


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:26 am 
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sashmeister wrote:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hobie-16-Mast-Step-Link-Hinge-21380001-/161996998503?hash=item25b7c60767:g:Z~UAAOSwxp9W2aob&vxp=mtr

There you go

Well, since that one doesn't include the pins, it's not going to help him very much.

You can get one from a Hobie dealer (use the dealer finder at the top of the page) or from Murray's (http://www.murrays.com). Murray's sells a "heavy duty" version (http://www.murrays.com/01-3021.html) that resembles the very first step links used. The current versions (like the one in the eBay link) are meant to be permanently installed, whereas the Murray's one is meant to be removed after use.

To convert a '70s "hook" mast base, you cut/file off the hook (just the hook, leaving a nub like a new mast base), drill a 7/32" hole through the middle of the nub, drill out the rivet in the mast step and you're done.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 5:21 am 
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you can use ordinary screws lol. Pins fall off easily anyways. It is not like you are going to sail with it and they can rust :)


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 5:46 am 
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You could use shackles to link base and step for easier raising and lowering of mast.

Here is a previous post I submitted on the topic:
http://www.hobiecat.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=58225#p276993

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:40 am 
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Why would one buy a twisted link off ebay when they can get a proper kit from Hobie? There are some parts worth taking a chance on but I wouldn't buy a used link.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:56 pm 
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MBounds wrote:
sashmeister wrote:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hobie-16-Mast-Step-Link-Hinge-21380001-/161996998503?hash=item25b7c60767:g:Z~UAAOSwxp9W2aob&vxp=mtr


You can get one from a Hobie dealer (use the dealer finder at the top of the page) or from Murray's (http://www.murrays.com). Murray's sells a "heavy duty" version (http://www.murrays.com/01-3021.html) that resembles the very first step links used. The current versions (like the one in the eBay link) are meant to be permanently installed, whereas the Murray's one is meant to be removed after use.
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That's for a 16, would it also work on a 14? Not sure if everything is the same size.


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Yes, has a hole spacing for H14.

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