I just have a couple of questions about the mast receiver/v-brace on my A.I.
The last few times I've been out, I noticed a clunking sound occasionally coming from somewhere around the
mast receiver (it was tricky to pinpoint while on the water). When I got home and had a look around inside
the hull I discovered that there was a small amount of free-play in the left-side strut (the one on the right
in the following photo):
I tightened the turn-buckle slightly to remove the movement. Are there any special steps I should go through
to check that the v-brace is set up correctly and has the right mount of tension?
The other thing I noticed is that there is some wear on the top of the bearing-plate.:
I checked all the screws and everything appears tight. I also checked the furler-drum and that appears fine, with
no movement or slippage. Is there anything else I should check?
I also was a bit surprised when I was looking at the v-frame strut attaches to the inside of the hull. The brass
hull-inserts seem to be partially exposed and it appears that the plastic around the inserts was been ground/melted
away prior to the struts being attached. I'm assuming this is done at the factory? If so, it looks like a very crappy
job, not what I'd expect from Hobie:
As ever, all comments and feedback gratefully received.