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Home >> Technical >> Replacement mastfoot needed
26/10/2010 12:35:29

Adrian Hodges
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Hi All, Need to get a replacement mastfoot for an old (1983) Rowsell built fireball.  Mast looks like Storrar and Bax (i think - most of the mast sticker has been worn away over the years).  Can anyone suggest where i can get one from ? Photos of fitting available if that helps.  Many thanks, Adrian



27/10/2010 11:58:29

Nick Hurst
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Adrian,

Is it the mast foot you're after? With or without sheeves? Not the mast step? The mast might have a suppliers sticker on it but my guess is that it was made by Proctor. If you could describe the problem you have and maybe where you / the boat are located then someone is more likely to stick their head above the parapet.

Your best bet might be to post a wanted advert, then you can post the picture with it.

Hope this helps.

Nick 



27/10/2010 20:44:58

Adrian Hodges
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Thanks Nick - unhelpfully both the boat and I are just North of Inverness where there doesn't seem to be a great density of fireballers, particularly at this time of year !  I'll post a wanted ad with the photo.  Not sure of the exact terminology, but I need the foot that goes in the bottom of the mast.  The one we have is complete, but the wheel for the main uphaul has jammed and its been used for long enough like this to have a flat side on it.  The only way to get the main up now is to tip the boat on its side and pull it up by hand, fasten it off, and then tip the boat back upright.  Not sure if i can get the Sheeves out (and if so how ?) and if i can whether i can get a replacement wheel from somewhere ?  Any suggestions very gratefully received !  Cheers, Adrian



28/10/2010 08:22:13

Nick Hurst
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Adrian,

OK, I understand now, and you are using the correct terminology. Replacement sheeves should be available - even if it's not quite the right overall size the important dimension, I would guess, is the axle diameter.

With the mast out of the boat you should be able to push the axle out, thus releasing the sheeve. Depending on the level of corrosion it might need to be soaked for a while with WD40 or similar, but it's only an interference fit as far as I know.

Alternatively, and depending on where the main halyard goes after the sheeve, you could go the 'modern' route & exit the halyard from the side of the mast, then to a turning block on a deck eye rivetted to the side below the slot and then to the cleat / rack.

Of course if there is an unused sheeve in the foot you could swap them over... Which, having looked at the photo in your wanted ad, there isn't :-(

I think a replacement sheeve may be easier to find than a complete foot assembly. Someone must have one in their bits box...

Good luck.

Nick



30/10/2010 18:46:16

Adrian Hodges
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Thanks Nick, Just to make sure I've got the terminology right, is the sheeve the wheel on the bottom of the mast that the main Halyard goes round ?  The main Halyard goes round the wheel and then back up the mast a few inches where it hooks round one of the teeth on a kind of rack.  Not sure if this means the new method of doing things is possible or not.

Looks as though the axle that the sheeve is on may have been glued in - i've doused it in WD40 and will try and tap it out but don't want to force it and damage something.  Someone else suggested putting a couple of kettles of hot water on it if that doesn't work so I'll try that as well.  Thanks again for your help, Adrian



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