Mike, I'm about 4000 + miles away from my AI at the moment and i cant go check so I maybe totally wrong on this but the clips in the collar
and the collar
is an integral part of the crossbar which is bolted into the deck...you can raise or lower the position of the furling drum so it doesnt bear against the deck by increasing the compression on the bracing struts that support the mast
receiver inside the hull. This would also (I THINK) take up the slack against the retaining clip....your effectively raising/lowering the deck relative to the mast
reciever when you adjust the braces....I THINK.......
Thanks Stringy for the links. Just read them. OK, the fix is a fairly serious reglue job....
Why is the mast allowed to ride up in the socket nearly a half an inch before the spring clip arrests the movement? It doesn't seem to do that while sailing, but it doesn't make sense to me that this slack should be in the system.