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 Post subject: mast ball tightness
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:37 am 
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Hi folks,

I am working at my old camp this summer. Was a former camper and head of sailing many moons ago, and I am back this summer to find the boats in a mess.

First, let me apologize if this is a stupid question.

Is the mast ball supposed to spin? I remember rigging the Hobie Bravos a few years ago and the mast balls left to spin, but it appears the maintenance team has screwed them down so they do not spin.

Thanks for your input.


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 Post subject: Re: mast ball tightness
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:39 am 
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They should spin on the Bravo.

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 Post subject: Re: mast ball tightness
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:19 pm 
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Matt, mine does not spin either when the screw in the ball is tightened; perhaps the screw is too short. Can you please tell me the proper screw length so that the screw bottoms out before becoming tight on the ball?


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 Post subject: Re: mast ball tightness
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:54 pm 
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sandbridge wrote:
Matt, mine does not spin either when the screw in the ball is tightened; perhaps the screw is too short. Can you please tell me the proper screw length so that the screw bottoms out before becoming tight on the ball?


Thank you, Matt. I am also wondering if I have the correct screws. No idea if these are the originals, and the maintenance crew couldn't tell me either.

Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: mast ball tightness
PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:35 am 
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If you still have the original screw... You can back it out to allow the ball to spin. The screw has a "long "lock" nylon strip that acts as a locking feature like a loc nut.

8030411 SCREW 12-24X3/4 LONG LOCK PHMS

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 Post subject: Re: mast ball tightness
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:00 am 
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Thanks, Matt. I backed up the screws myself and the masts are spinning well, and hanging in there. Might order new screws just to be sure as the maintenance team has done some "interesting things" over the past few years.


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 Post subject: Re: mast ball tightness
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:02 am 
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Sandbridge, looks like the screw does not go all the way to the bottom. Just screw it in as far as it will go, but still allowing the ball to spin. I'm ordering new screws for next year anyway (see above post).


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