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 Post subject: Incredible shrinking bag
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:20 pm 
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All right. Answer me this: Should one expect the sail and mast to fit completely into the long bag? If the bag appears to be six inches short, what is the likely culprit? I have already checked the sleeve between upper and lower masts: wild horses couldn't budge them. My wife thinks the bag shrank in the rain on the way home. What's the problem with this bag?


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 Post subject: shrinkage?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:20 pm 
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Should fit... The material is a nylon that has not been reported to be shrinking... and the two mast halfs should come apart easily. Maybe wedged in a longer than normal position?

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 Post subject: Mast rivets?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:59 pm 
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I just discovered that the applicable photo in the manual is upside down! This may have something to do with the problem. If I slide that upper mast completely out, should I find a notch? :?


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 Post subject: Photo
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:03 am 
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Yes, that photo is not in the correct vertical alignment.

It shows the rivet and notch though. Slide the mast sections together until the rivet fits into the slot.

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 Post subject: The bag shrank.
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:31 pm 
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Rivet is in the notch. Bare mast does not fit in the bag. My Hobie dealer is contacting someone at the factory to see if he's ever heard of this before.


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 Post subject: Likely me...
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:46 pm 
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Likely me...

How about some measurements? Upper and lower seperated and then together?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:31 pm 
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I'm not suprised. Ours fit fine, but I've noticed Hobie's quality control is not what it use to be. I have had several Hobie parts come that were not put together properly. Good luck


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 Post subject: Fit
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:26 pm 
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His issue is that the cover seems to have shrunk. We had not heard that before.

I don't believe our quality control is slipping, but our business is becoming much more complicated than it was years ago. The product line and accessory offerings is much more extensive. It is very hard to avoid the occasional hiccup.

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 Post subject: Shrinkng Bag ?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:16 pm 
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My assembled mast measures 19-5/8". I used the gray long Hobie bag several times and it was several inches longer, and easily pulled over the assembled mast and drew together easily with the draw string.

The other night it got caught in the rain on the way home. The next day I took it off and hung it to dry, while I dried the sail. When I put the bag back on, it seemed like it shrank. It would no longer fit over the base of the mast. It now measures 18'-11-1/2". It only reaches to the rivets in the mast base.

Could it be that they shrink the first time they get wet?

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 Post subject: Shrinkage?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:10 am 
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Sure sounds like that is the case. Maybe give it a tug and try to stretch the length again? Maybe the seam threads bunching up?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:40 am 
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If you do try to re-stretch it, soak it first, then stretch it till dry. :wink:


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 Post subject: Shrunken bag
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:20 pm 
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Sorry it's taken me so long to get back on this, Matt. To be frank, I'd given up on it. Of course, the mast is just a hair over 19 feet, but the shrunken bag is just 18 feet, 6 1/2 inches. I recall that my dealer in San Diego really had to stretch it to get it to cover the mast for the trip home. Then we drove through quite a lot of rain. His factory contact was a man named Jacque, I believe. Know him? I'll try the wet 'n' stretch strategy. Sure wish someone would step up on this.


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 Post subject: Heat and humidity
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:19 pm 
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Hobie definitely has an interesting problem with the mast bag. After two sailing trips from Tucson, Arizona to San Diego and back, I can assure you that the mast bag (lying crushed and damp in the back of the truck) in San Diego stretches easily to cover the full length of the mast. Exposed to the heat and dryness of the Imperial Valley, it quickly begins to shrink, and by the time we reach the Arizona border, it's six to eight inches shorter. It stays that way in its desert home until the next trip west to the coast where I can expect it to expand again. :lol: It's about the only problem I've had with the Bravo. I love the little cat.


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 Post subject: Mast & Sail Cover
PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:53 pm 
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I just got my new bravo last week. I picked it up in Clearwater, Fl. Drove through rain on my way to Ft. Myers. After the cover had dried while sailing, I could not get it to fit again. The next morning we had a lot of dew and I checked the cover and since it was damp from the dew, I had an inch or two to spare. Fit great. Very interesting.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:20 pm 
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I forwarded a link to the engineers to have a look. May need a materials change. Not uncommon for stuff to shrink, but certainly should cover the whole mast when dry.

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