Thats an intersesting coincidence Jamie! Still, my boats prbly the oldest, hardest sailed boat in the 14 section! Raced, sold to former owner, who sailed it HARD in the chesapeake, average 20kts and 3-4 foot waves (its not the ocean, but it was sailed at least 25 times a season in high winds, in bigger waves than many of you sail in, and for the past 20 years). That was before the dolphin striker I put on two years ago.
Anyway, how many hobies have mast steps/bases with stops at 50 DEGREE angles to each other? Not the other 4 on my beach! And, I have COMPLETELY BRAND NEW RIGGING. If I didn't, I wouldn't be able to put all the rigging on one shackle, because the old rigging had smaller ends that won't fit over large shackles.
I have access to more tools than many of you, including a welding torch. Basically, if it is possible, it can be done DIY! The only thing is, the person who knows how what he is really doing (aka dad) hasn't seen the situation yet, but I have explained it to him.
Still, Matt, you haven't answered my questions:
1)Why is the new forestay 1" longer? I have no ability to pull the mast further forward, and I think it needs it (like one hole).
2)What is the deal with the control arm? A fuzzy 1/2"x1/2" picture doesn't exactly show much!
3) Replacing the base and step is diffentaly one of the options! But, if the mast is scraping the metal on the REAR of the step, I think my mast is raked too far back!
Thanks to all in advance!