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 Post subject: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:53 pm 
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My Getaway is a 2012, My shroud wires are wearing about 8 inches or so down from the top. I can't understand where this wear is coming from. When the mast is up the wires are several inches away from any other part of the boat. When the boat is on the trailer the wires are coiled on the tramp with no abrasive parts touching the worn spot.

Anyone seen this?


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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:15 pm 
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When the mast rotates, the wires wrap around the mast and possibly are contacting it, but this doesn't cause "wear". Are wires crossed?

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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:44 pm 
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I don't think they could be crossed. Maybe I've got something messed up on jib rigging that is contacting the shroud when it rotates. The plastic cover is worn through on both wires.


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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:11 am 
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That's weird!!! Could you post a couple of pics when you get a chance?


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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:10 pm 
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Ok I figured out what is causing the wear, but I'm not sure how to fix it. The shroud wires are wrapping around the mast (as Miller suggested) and contacting the past at the point where the comp tip is joined to the aluminium. The edge of the aluminium is fairly sharp and is wearing on the wires.

Ideas on possible fixes... Glue some dense foam around the joint to buffer the sharp joint. Tape the joint with electrical tape?

I also noticed some cracking of the carbon fiber at the joint.

BTW the boat is a 2012 boat.


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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 2:09 pm 
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I love these forums! I saw your message, so I went out and checked my shroud wires and sure enough, I had worn wires too! In fact, on 1 side I could see bare wire- insulation worn through. I ended up wrapping some duct tape around the worn spots. And, these spots were near the mast tang.


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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:11 am 
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If the shroud is wearing on a sharp edge, then simply wrapping tape around the shroud is not going to be a permenant solution since the edge will eventually cut thorugh the tape. I would use a file or sand paper to carefully remove the burr. Any areas where the bare aluminum is exposed can be touched up with a black sharpie marker.

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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:32 pm 
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I like the idea of filing down the joint, perhaps a dremel will do the trick. You are correct in the fact that taping is a temporary fix and will likely not last more then a day of sailing. That was my solution before I figured out what was causing the ware. The tap would be completely worn by the end of a day.


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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:51 am 
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I ended up using a dremel with a barrel sander to round off the edge of the aluminum. Problem solved; no more wear.


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 Post subject: Snap On Wire Protectors
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:10 am 
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I have also seen chafed shroud wires on our 2nd hand boat.
What experience do you have with Hobie #3253W?
They are not very expensive, but are they any good?
Saludos


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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:54 am 
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Honestly... if a wire is bare or does not have pre-coated wire covers... they are likely very old and should be replaced.

Add-on covers though do work and last a couple years.

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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:46 am 
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mmiller wrote:
Honestly... if a wire is bare or does not have pre-coated wire covers... they are likely very old and should be replaced.


Hmm, it is a 2012 Getaway... :?
I''ll try the snap-ons as the wires themselves are still intact.
Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:39 am 
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Ahhh, should have looked further back in the post.

You might be able to cut off a bit of the existing cover and "patch" with some on this stuff, but if worn through as previously noted... something is heavily pressing chaffing them, so these covers aren't going to stand up to that. Rigging tape or something?

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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:25 am 
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Thanks for the submitting this thread, kevinbatchelor

To my horror, my 2009 Getaway is experiencing the same shroud wear issues as mentioned, in fact, the starboard sidestay has almost worn halfway through.

If this was an aircraft type (I work in the industry) every one of these would be grounded. I can't imagine the potential product liability (dis-masting, injury, etc.) to Hobie for what clearly is an obvious unresolved design/manufacturing flaw.


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 Post subject: Re: Shroud Wire Wear
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:20 am 
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The end of the aluminum section of the mast should probably be rounded by the manufacture to eliminate this as an issue. The Getaway has been around for along time, long enough that this type of defect would have been reported in the past if it caused problems. Maybe this is an issue with newer boats i.e. 2009+ or newer.


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