The dolphin striker rod and post from a Hobie 17 can be used on a 14 with a little modification - mostly the post just needs to be cut down. You'd also need a new mast step casting, though.
whoa Matt...now that'd be cool !
do the Wave and 14 share the same mast extrusion?
no more worries about tearing up the (mast) base and step from over-rotating...although I suppose if you've added the (mast) rotation arm you'll accomplish the same thing
none the less, would be neat to allow a fully rotational mast (along with shrouds attaching at the deck lip)
You misunderstood what I said, John - I'm not suggesting you use the same mast step system as the 17. In fact, to convert the 17 dolphin striker post on a 17, you cut off part of the threaded end so you can thread it on to a new 14/16 mast step casting. The original 14 mast step castings are solid - no hole for a dolphin striker.
I believe the Wave and 14 masts are the same extrusion, but Matt M. would have to confirm that.
If you want shrouds attached to the deck lip on a 14, get one of the new Euro boats. I'll live with mine attached to the sidebar for a long time before I shell out the €€€€€ they want for new boats.