Hello Hobie Cat's,
I have finally gotten around to setting up the Hobie 14T I picked up a couple of weeks ago and have some questions.
Below is a close up of the stepped mast.
Does this look correct to you?
It's just that it doesn't look seated correctly to me. I don't have a H14 to compare with but I do own a H16 and the mast sits a great deal lower in the mast base so this raised an eye brow.
Here is the H14T set up, its was a zero wind day to day were I sail.
The boom appears to sit higher than compared to the H16, I confess I did not connect the main sheet block but did apply downhaul.
Does this look normal for the H14?
And for comparison the H16, notice the boom appears to sit lower on the mast!
And finally I have an image of the broken mast base, I purchased the H14 / H16 stepper kit from Hobie Center UK, this week, followed the instructions to the detail i.e. measuring out the drill hole as precisely as possible and drilling what appeared a nye on perfect hole only for it to snap of the rear curved area of the mast base when raising! This certainly should not have happened so none to pleased about it! Think I will contact the Hobie Center about this.
The first time I raised it the mast raised with the stepper kit but I was unable to release the pins they where stuck solid.
The second attempt at raising snapped the back of the mast base.
The busted shackle loop (broken rivet) is another thing I need to tackle tomorrow.
Your thoughts are much appreciated!