I'm new to the forum as my Bravo just arrived yesterday, although I admit to lurking here a few times to learn what I could about the boat.
My first question is regarding the forward rod on the a-frame. When screwing it into the base, it is always facing backwards by the time it flushes up to the base. I expected it to require some tightening or loosening to get it perfect but it will not tighten 180 and by loosening it 180, I'm left with a 1-2 ml gap that I am not comfortable with. Although after tightening the other two bars on the main a-frame bracket it all feels extremely firm, I'm afraid there will be too much stress on the forward bolt.
I didn't have exactly the right size washer to meet the difference so I left it together without any Loctite for now. It feels extremely firm but I'd prefer it sits flush. Am I being over cautious?