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 Post subject: Failed A-Frame on Bravo
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:16 pm 
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Hey Everyone,

Was sailing my Bravo in about 12 mph winds when the front post on the A-frame supporting the mast failed at the lower rivets. Fortunately, was up wind from the house and able to sail the boat in, while the mast was canted at about a 45 degree angle.

Upon inspection, it appears, corrosion on the bar that holds the A-frame forward post appears to be the culprit. Looks like galvanic corrosion where the rivets held the post to the lower rod weakened the rod and it snapped off.

I know I have seen a post on how to repair this, but can't find it. Anyone have any thoughts?

View of the carnage attached.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:33 pm 
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Should be able to remove that part by unscrewing it from the molded insert - and replace it with a new piece (looks like it just snapped at the base from age and fatigue...not likely from just that one use in 12 mph winds - that happened over time) - Hopefully you can tweak the frame back into shape - but that might need replacing too.

- just order the parts from any Hobie dealer, the illustrated parts guide is located here: http://2010.archive.hobiecat.com/suppor ... _Bravo.pdf

For a dealer call toll free 1800hobie49 to order


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:28 pm 
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Thanks for the help. I will try to remove it tomorrow. I agree that age and stress was the most likely culprit...not the wind in this case. Although, its mostly age/exposure as the boat hasn't had that much use

As for the A-frame...I will do my best to straighten it. Will probably have to remove it from boat so as not to damage connections. I have a dealer I can use for parts.

Thanks!


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