Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-11-2011, 13:13   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3
Walker Bay 10 Mast Stuck - Help !

Have a brand new WB performance sailing kit which was put together in June. As the sectional aluminium mast was quite tight it was decided to use Fairy Liquid to lubricate. I'm now not convinced that this was such a good idea , as with the sails not having been used, I recently discovered that the liquid has solidified and it just seems 'stuck'. Please can anyone suggest what needs doing to loosen?
__________________

__________________
Manderley13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 13:38   #2
Registered User
 
ShaunJ's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Md, USA
Posts: 430
Re: Walker Bay 10 mast stuck!Help!!

Try some liquid wrench, it seems to work on most anything. PB blaster also works. Is the sleeve also aluminum?
Welcome aboard Manderly
__________________

__________________
ShaunJ
I get knocked down...But get up again...
You're never going to keep me down....


ShaunJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 13:41   #3
Registered User
 
Mexdon's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Mexico City
Boat: CR 56 CC to be built 2014 2015
Posts: 455
Send a message via Skype™ to Mexdon
Re: Walker Bay 10 mast stuck!Help!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Manderley13 View Post
Have a brand new WB performance sailing kit which was put together in June. As the sectional aluminium mast was quite tight it was decided to use Fairy Liquid to lubricate. I'm now not convinced that this was such a good idea , as with the sails not having been used, I recently discovered that the liquid has solidified and it just seems 'stuck'. Please can anyone suggest what needs doing to loosen?
Fairy Liquid is a detergent and has obviously solidified. I would suggest pouring boiling water over the outer sheaf of the mast trying not to heat the inner portion. This may expand the outer sufficiently to "break" the solidification and allow you to twist the two parts and separate them. Use water as this will not do damage to the aluminium as would a flame and could help in liquefying the detergent.

And welcome to CF.
__________________
When I was a boy my momma would send me down to the corner store with $1 and I would come back with 5 potatoes, 2 loaves of bread, 3 bottles of milk, a hunk of cheese, a box of tea and 6 eggs. Can't do that now, too many f**kn security cameras.
Mexdon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 13:43   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3
Re: Walker Bay 10 mast stuck!Help!!

Can I get those products here in UK?
...and yes as far as I know the 3 mast sections are aluminium that just slide in to eachother and are locked by a couple of retractable buttons (which also seem to have got pushed back down into the mast and currently lost from view!).
Thanks for the speedy reply and welcome!
__________________
Manderley13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 14:30   #5
Registered User
 
Unicorn Dreams's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Clear Lake Marine Services - Seabrook, Texas
Boat: Gulfstar, Mark II Ketch, 43'
Posts: 2,359
Re: Walker Bay 10 mast stuck!Help!!

Welcome Aboard Cruisers Forum
__________________
Formerly Santana
The winds blow true,The skies stay blue,
Everyday is a good day for SAILING!!!!
Unicorn Dreams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 14:44   #6
Registered User
 
limejucer's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: UK,Bristol
Boat: Prout Snowgoose Elite
Posts: 142
Re: Walker Bay 10 mast stuck!Help!!

Old method of splitting mast sections is too.

Hold mast behind legs @ knee hight.
grasp firmly wrists besides knees.
use strenght in legs to push out hands.

dont hammer the joint too hard you will bend or damage the joint.

PS wellcome to CF
__________________
limejucer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 15:29   #7
Registered User
 
Snore's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: St Petersburg
Boat: Tartan 33
Posts: 1,880
The sections on my Balogh sail rig used to get jammed also. Start by trying to just rotate the two sections. Do no pull them apart just get them to spin. Once you get rotation, then rotate and pull (keep in clean guys!).

With the Balogh rig I always inspected the ends and wiped them clean before assembly. Also if you leave it assembled for too long or salt crystals will form in the joints and cause it to be difficult to take apart.

Bill
__________________
"Whenever...it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off- then, I account it high time to get to sea..." Ishmael
Snore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 15:42   #8
Senior Cruiser
 
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,192
Re: Walker Bay 10 mast stuck!Help!!

I second the hot fresh water trip. It is a good solvent for detergent and salt crystals.
Good luck.
kind regards,
__________________
John
SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2011, 17:01   #9
Moderator
 
cabo_sailor's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Tarpon Springs FL
Boat: Cabo Rico 38
Posts: 1,905
Re: Walker Bay 10 mast stuck!Help!!

A trick I've used to free frozen nuts, distributor shafts, etc. is to apply some dry ice in a towel (don't hurt yourself) and leave it for a few moments. The differential contraction due to the extreme cold will often break the joint free.

Rich
__________________

__________________
cabo_sailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
mast

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need Help with Walker Bay Dinghy aline Construction, Maintenance & Refit 8 11-02-2012 15:19
Walker Bay 10 DIY Stabilizer Tube andrewm Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 64 09-02-2012 11:45
Want To Buy: Walker Bay 8 Inflation Tube rac421 Classifieds Archive 0 12-10-2011 11:21
Installing Mast Boot with No Mast Collar ? MikeTurner Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 1 12-10-2011 09:40
Mast Came Down, Must Repair Acedude Construction, Maintenance & Refit 7 30-08-2011 14:01



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:03.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.