Dany was spot on when he suggested that the reason my ballooner
would not lock into the swivel was because the locking tongue in
the inner part of the swivel had worn away allowing the mouse trap
to rotate to any old position. I believe the reason this happened
was because the plastic ball bearings that the inner swivel
rotates on had worn first, causing the locking tongue to move out
of the fore-stay groove and hence break or wear off the tip.
I have obtained a new tongue (€15 + tax) and new ball bearings
(24 cents each) from Amel. However, I need guidance on how to
replace the balls. Annesofie said there was a file in the files
section on how to do this in the files section, but I cannot find
it. Can anyone who has it please forward it to crusader53 (AT) gmail.com.
Can I replace the balls by dropping the furler and motor off the
foil to deck level without disconnecting the fore-stay?
Is the way into the ball race by removing the plastic insert? If
so, how is the insert safely removed without breaking it?
Any tips would be most welcome.
Ian Shepherd SM2K Crusader (2003) Cyprus