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    krgough
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    Hi Folks

    Today I tried to de-power with lots of kicker as advised previously – and to be honest we could detect almost no difference – we were still over powered and we really needed to reef (15-20kts). Eventually the kicker fixing ripped itself out of the foot of my mast leaving a right raggy mess – god knows how I’ll fix that. Best I can think of is to re-fit an inch or so higher than before.

    So be-warned – powerful kickers can seriously damage your bank account.

    regards

    Mr Grumpy (Keith)

    #9366
    mhardman
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    I had the same problem recently – except it was the 6″ wire that snapped, between kicker and the mast fitting. The best part was that the entire assembly shot skywards, then arced gracefully into the bay. and sank without trace. Quite a lot on energy bound up in that thing. Glad noone was in the way! Glad I had some strong rope handy to make a temporary kicker, too.

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