Thanks for this post Bob.
Yesterday we took our TI out for its sixth trip. Moderate winds were forecast so I thought I'd do this maintenance check. Just as well. Two of the mast receiver base screws were missing and the two that were left were very loose.
I had checked them when new and all OK but had neglected to recheck as we had only done some short trips with very little wind.
I carry the TI inverted so the screws were lost. It's difficult getting imperial screws in a metric country and I didn't want to waste sailing time trying to source them. Fortunately I had the Hobie Kayak Rigging kit and in it were the right diameter screws, though too long and too big a head. I was able to cut them down and grind the heads to roughly the right size. I put Loctite on the threads and all went together OK.
We had a wild sail in 15-20 knot winds and experienced NO rudder problems! I did furl the sail.
I'll be regularly checking these and the rudder screws.
It is disappointing that this long known problem is still happening. I could see no trace of Loctite on the two remaining screws.
Hobie what is going on???