Mast Crutch Enhancements

Problem:
I spend too much time unfastening the mast from the crutch (bungies) and removing the crutch from Lazy Ka to be stored on my tow-car while sailing. Likewise, reinstallation of the crutch is cumbersome with much time wasted gathering up all the assorted components, and putting them back in place.

Solution:
Streamline the processes so that all the necessary parts remain connected to the crutch when it is removed. 

Project time: 30 minutes total.


Material:
1 Hair Pin Cotter ($.20 ea)
4" of Brass Plummer's Chain ($1.80 per foot)
1 count 1" hose clamps ($1.50)
Solder the Hair Pin Cotter to the Plumbers Chain, then fasten the other end of the chain to the Mast Crutch with one of the Hose Clamps

1 1" hose clamps ($1.50)
1 1" welded Ring ($.50)
1 12" Bungee Chord ($1.50)
Pound the Welded Ring into an oval, then fasten the ring to the crutch with the Hose Clamp. Secure the hose clamp at a point far enough down the crutch to insure adequite bungee tention to hold the mast in the crutch.

1 small Ball Bungee (aka bungee strap) ($.80)
The Ball Bungee secures the shrouds to the crutch for transit, and is fastened to the crutch with a small zip-tie

Total Cost: Under $8.00

 


 

Lazy Ka's Mod's:

Mods list updated: 03/27/2007

 


Page updated:  Tuesday March 27, 2007