I recently purchased a 1998 17 Sport that when rigged, the mast is not perpendicular to the pontoons as I expected based on my previous experience with my Prindle 16. When I looked at the online manuals on the Hobie site, all the masts on the other cats are upright, but not the 17. There is a 3-5 degree rake in the mast, excluding the additional rake that occurs by design at the top of the mast. The previous owner, who was not the original owner, believes the forestay is the original.
When I purchased the boat the rear crossbar was cracked about 270 degrees that I believe came as a result of heavy stress on the boat while sailing, and wonder if the incorrect (?) mast position was the cause?
An answer to either of these questions would be an enormous help:
1) proper mast position (how vertical it should be and stay settings)
2) proper length of forestay.