I had a similar problem trying to lower my Getaway mast using the trailer winch. The mast seemed to be going down sideways as intended but it must obviously have caught, and now I have a cracked base (see http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewt ... 9&start=15
That sideways business has been bugging me for a while as it makes it much harder to rig a system to raise and lower the mast.
As I need to replace the base, can I replace it with the base from the H21SC (it seems from the litterature I found that it allows the mast to go up and down in a fore-aft orientation)? It also appears to rotate on a ball similar to that of the Getaway.