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 Post subject: Masthook
PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 12:41 am 
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Had problems getting the ring from the hook in the top of the combitip. Cost me more then 15 minutes to get the the sail down. Could not see what the problem was. Is it possible that the hook was in the shackle under the hook? Never had this problem before. Pulled the halyard hard en turned the mast several times.


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 Post subject: Re: Masthook
PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 7:08 am 
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Was the bow pointed directly into the wind?

Were you rotating the mast the right direction?

The procedure for lowering is:

1) Point bows directly into the wind.
2) Hoist mainsail up all the way (so the ring is lifted off the hook). Hold the sail up.
3) Pull the mast rotator to the side that the hook is riveted on and rotate the mast 90 degrees so the hook turns away from the ring. Hold the mast rotated.
4) Release the halyard to allow the ring to drop below the hook.
5) Release the mast rotator and lower the sail the rest of the way.

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 Post subject: Re: Masthook
PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 9:00 am 
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Hoist FAQ

https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=371

Correct as noted by srm. A few more tricks...

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Locking the Hobie 17/18/20/21 Halyard:

It is best to simulate the halyard locking with the mast down so you clearly understand the system.

Then, depending on how old the boat is, be sure the hook does not have the old "flopper" stainless piece hanging on the hook. This old device caused difficulty in raising and hooking but would make it easier to release and lower.

Also, be sure that the knot tied to the ring is very low profile. A long bowline knot will hit the mast head before the ring gets to the hook.

If the ring has a small loop at the top... The line should be passed through the loop and a small knot tied. The knot (when ring and shackle are affixed to the sail) should be facing the mast. This tilts the ring closer to the mast.

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Then (before attaching halyard shackle to the sail) spin the halyard 3 or 4 times clockwise (looking down on the shackle). This "pre-loads" the halyard line and causes the ring to swing back towards the hook. Keep the boat into the wind and hoist. Should lock easily.

To release... fully release the downhaul and outhaul. Partially feed the sail up the luff track. Hoist with the halyard to the top till it stops, hold... rotate the aft of the mast base to starboard, hold the mast rotated, ease the halyard a few feet before releasing the mast. Lower the sail.

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 Post subject: Re: Masthook
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:45 pm 
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I know now what the problem was.....
My 6mm halyard stuck besides the sailrope in the mast just above the comp-tip.
Now I use a 4 mm halyard and have no problem with raising and lowering the main.


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