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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:35 am 
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Hi folks,

Probably a silly question but I'm wondering if the mast stepper ball should have a layer of white grease applied. At first it sounded like a good idea to keep it spinning more freely. However, after further thought upon the fact that I always remove the mast after each time I sail, I think it would actually just collect blown sand and become more of an nasty abrasive than a benefit.

I'm going to go with, no grease, unless someone tells me it is required.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:52 am 
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I say no, for the exact reasons that you suggest. That, and I don't think that greasing it will improve performance in any way, and wear doesn't seem to be a big issue for most users. If it did wear, I'm sure it's quite inexpensive to replace.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:16 am 
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I use a dry lube.

http://www.mclubemarine.com/sailkote/

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So, unlike oils, silicones, and waxes, it will never attract dirt, water and contaminants that eventually degrade lubrication performance.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:09 pm 
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NO GREASE


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:39 pm 
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I purchased my 2009 boat as a used boat so I am not sure if the previous owner made any modifications. Is the mast ball suppose to rotate or remain fixed/stationary when the screw is tight? I thought it rotated until one day I noticed a klunking sound coming from the front of my boat while sailing and later noticed that the screw holding the mast ball in place was extremely loose allowing the ball and mast to move around a little. When I tighten the screw down, the ball became stationary and now furling does not seem to be as easy as before. Not sure if the mast ball screw (currently a phillips head) is original on my boat or not. If the ball is suppose to remain stationery, seems to be a better solution would have been an allen bolt that bottoms out in the insert before apply pressure on the ball thus allowing the ball to rotate freely while the bolt is tight. Just a thought. Thanks for any/all responses.


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