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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:52 pm 
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Can someone please tell me what is supposed to fit in the little cut out square in the floor directly under the mast hole.
Is there an adapter that can be used for a home built mast, or is this mast hole and square cut out only for the klepper sail rigs? Thanks in advance for your answers.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:32 am 
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I have never seen an adapter but can't imagine it would be difficult to fabricate. On the Klepper mast the aluminum tube is simply crimped into a square that fits loosely into the hole. The mast is kept in its place by the downward force from the stays that transfer the tension from the masthead to the deck to the gunwales.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:43 am 
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The bottom of the mast is square and this square goes into the square hole in the ply, i expect its done to stop the mast turning.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:28 pm 
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I ran into the same issue and did a little DIY adapter at home. You can see my original post towards the bottom of this page...
http://foldingkayaks.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=5861

Here's a re-post of the picture.
Attachment:
Mast adapter.jpg


A couple of lessons. You can consider making a bolt that stays attached permanently, but make sure the mast+adapter will still fit through the mast hole. Second, if you do a pin like I did, make sure to orient it front to back, not side to side as shown here as it is a safety issue and could snag an ankle if the boat flipped.

Works like a charm by the way.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:47 pm 
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Thank you for the very helpful information.


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