I had one of those moments the other day when I went to the mast
and found several small ball bearings
. Not good. Long story short is that some of the torlon bearings in the headboard car had come out. As a result the headboard car was jamming when we tried to raise it. We did not raise the main due to the stress's put on the main halyard
and also if we were to get it up I could not think of to much worse then trying get it down or reef and have it jam.
Yesterday I disconnected the headboard car and pulled it off the track. On inspection
it was obvious it was this unit which had lost
it ball bearings but it was not obvious why this had happened. On the removed piece of track it did not show any signs of wear.
Despite going over the car with a fine tooth comb I could find no markings as to what brand the cars are for the Lagoon
410. All my research
amounted to zip. I have sourced torlon bearings to replace the ones that have been lost
but I would be most grateful if any one could tell me the brand of these cars and any reason the bearings would have come out. As the one that came out were in a loose cluster at the base of the mast
I don't think they came out a long way up the mast otherwise they would have spread far and wide.