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 Post subject: Mast Step Pin
PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:55 pm 
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Here's a new guy question: Once I raise the mast, should I remove the mast-step pin before sailing? The assembly manual doesn't address that. I've been sailing with the pin installed. It doesn't seem to hurt anything other than the jib sheet hangs up on it. On the other hand, leaving the pin installed should help prevent dismasting in a capsize. So, Old Salts, what's the verdict? :?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:18 pm 
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Your rig should be tight enough that the mast shouldn't leave the ball even turtled.

I don't use the pin at all on the FXone, which has a similar setup, I just tie off a safety line to the dolphin striker post when stepping the mast. I'm not smart enough to check which side of the mast the pin is on when I take the mast down. :oops: The line doesn't care!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:09 am 
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I ruined a ball by leaving the pin in (large dent) and them balls ain't cheap!!! About 80% of time we flipped old "Flipper" she went turtle. Karl's right, the rig needs to be tight, but still allow rotation. No fears of the mast slipping off.

Just like all the other Hobies...take it out before sailing.

Mr. Kenny McIntosh leaves the pin tied to the zipper on their tramp/goodie bag, great way to prevent misplacing it.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 6:08 pm 
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Thanks a lot fellas. :) I was surprised to see the cost of ball is around $20.

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 Post subject: 20 mast pin
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:16 pm 
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I don't use the pin at all. You HAVE to keep forward tension on the mast while raising or lowering, and with forward tension, you don't need the pin. [forward tension via a winch to the foresay or a long line with someone pulling from out in front] If it DOES get away from you, all the pin does is either deform the ball or break the mast casting (trust me, I know); the bottom of the mast WILL come off the ball.


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