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 Post subject: My ball is always loose
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:26 pm 
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Location: Lake Norman NC
Is there any way to tighten the mast rotator ball and keep it from turning
I live in fear that it wolk out and let the mast fall
I have used vice grips
The ball still turns
Hobie 21 SE

December got the boat on the trailer ball would only move a little bit
My ball was not in danger of coming off
I will try Matt's idea to polish the base I might try some Loc tite blue

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:28 pm 
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Polish the mast base cup and use some grease to make that connection slip easier.

Matt Miller
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
Hobie Cat USA

PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:37 am 
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Location: Banana River , Fl
Nothing worse than having loose balls....


PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:47 pm 
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Location: Denver & Lake McConaughy NE
Or loosing the LONG Shaft attached to it when it ball falls off. Sorry, I couldn't resist....


Nacra 5.8 #656 "Una Más"
Capri Cyclone
No longer own Hobie 21SE #270
Denver & Lake McConaughy, Nebraska

PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:36 pm 
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Location: Loganville, GA
Hm, I'd think that wrapping a largish sized wide rubber band around that shaft could keep it from slipping through the holes if the ball came off.

- Andy
=> Hobie Cat 14 <=
=> 1978 Chrysler 26' Herreschoff Designed Monohull <=

PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:14 pm 
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Location: North Bend, WA
Unknowing to me, when I purchased the boat and was dry rigging in the yard my ball was loose. I raised the mast and lowered two times with no problem. I then lowered the mast with no support behind the rear trailer mast support and this caused an uplift on the ball and it came off....Scared the $#^&*($% out of us when the mast fell to the ground and luckily no one was hurt. I purchased a new ball and I used one of those Craftsman rubber band wrenches to tighten and it worked great. The ball is still tight and I check everytime before I hook the mast to it. I would not use vice grips as this would marr the surface.

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