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 Post subject: mast base pin
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:37 am 
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Hello.

I have a question wich might be a safety issue - should the pin which secures the mast when stepping it, be removed away when I'm sailing the boat?
Please advice.
Boaz.


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 Post subject: Re: mast base pin
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:23 pm 
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Yes please remove the pin after you have all your set up done. The reason we take out the pin is that if you have a shroud failure the mast can fall over with out also breaking the ball or damaging the x-rail it is mounted to.

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 Post subject: Re: mast base pin
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:06 am 
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There is a remote risk of damage if a wire fails, but there is also a real risk of the mast coming off the ball during a capsize, so only with caution and tight wire tensions would I consider removing the pin. The manuals suggest leaving it in place. Understand that a mast coming off the ball in a bad thing too. And upside down Cat is nearly, if not impossible to right with the mast removed. You would have to be assisted and likely towed to the beach upside down.

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