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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:11 am 
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So now instead of leaving my Getaway set up in the marina, I'm trailer sailing it. Hooking up the front bridle is a pain in the neck! Specifically, trying to get the 2 tiny little ring-dings in the clevis pins. I have big hands, and those are tiny rings!

I've thought of using the ball lock pins (aka quick pins) instead, but for 2 possible problems. I'm afraid of them getting pulled out by the spinnaker if it should hook them, and I'm afraid that since they are hollow, they aren't strong enough and might break.

Has anyone had any experience with the ball lock pins, or have another solution for the front bridle clevis ring-dings?

Yet another Bob!
"Firefly" - 2012 Hobie Getaway with wings and spinnaker

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:30 am 
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My concerns are ... Ball lock pins (with the thumb button release) are hollow and not as strong as a solid pin. The ball on the ball locks sometimes stick or even fall out.

I always say "quick release" is not something I want to hold my mast up. These are better for mainsheet systems, tillers etc.

Maybe do some practice with the rings. They aren't too tough to use if you know how. You can even get a tool for them.

mmiller wrote:
Here are a couple of thoughts on the ring and pins. They are definitely more secure, so if you can learn to work with them they would be better. They don't require special tools either. The small rings are stiff, so perhaps just a small blade driver or fingernail file to open may make them easier.

Pry open with your thumbnail. Place the nail in the ring within 1/8-1/4 inch of the end to pry open. push your thumb and forefinger in opposite directions to pry open. Slip onto the clevis pin and spin on.


Pry open with the clevis pin. Use the pin to wedge the ring open.


Pry open with a small tool.


There is a tool that holds them open for installation. I think fishing shops may have the tool. Someone told me they use them on fishing gear.

Matt Miller
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
Warranty and Technical Support
Hobie Cat USA

PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:12 pm 
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I also considered, and ruled out ball lock pins. Instead I got some bigger rings from my Hobie dealer. Much easier to put on than the ones that came with the boat.

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