isobel gibson - Sun 23 Jul 2006 11:58:16 Someone else removed the boom before my Manta 'Ronella' went ashore for antifouling, and now I can't fathom out how to refit it. In case the gooseneck fittings are different in different boats, or has been changed in mine, there's a sliding 'box' on the mast into which the pin fitting on the boom is inserted - only it's not as simple as that. There seems to be a spring arrangement which holds the grooved pin in place but I have tried and failed to get it to work. Help!
isobel gibson - Fri 28 Jul 2006 12:44:45 Problem solved - by means of a hearty thump from a strong male fist! Actually, the boom should not have been removed in this way. As everyone else probably knows, you just slide the fitting up the mast and remove via the wider slot for feeding in the mainsail.