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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:20 pm 
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Today, I purchased an almost new Hobie Bravo. One of the screws on the mast base plate is sticking out. I removed the screw and cleaned out the hole but the screw still bottoms out prematurely. Do I simply add a washer or two to make up the difference or go through the trouble of delicately drilling a deeper hole to accommodate the screw?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:08 pm 
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Figure out what it's bottoming out on and try to find out how it got there. Then, determine if it will jack anything up when you remove it.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:29 am 
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Maybe pull out one of the others and compare the length, to see if a longer screw was accidently used in that spot.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:38 pm 
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I removed all 4 screws and they're all the same size and all the holes are of equal depth. I cleaned out the threads & holes but still no go. I can only assume that the brass insert was not threaded properly all the way down. I ended up using double lock washers to make up the gap. Perhaps one day I'll chase down the hole with a tap.

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...oops...hope the one lock washer is stainless....it appears to have a different colour/sheen to it....


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