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Hi all 

Thanks for the quick responses. Some really great suggestions, I wouldn't have thought of these on my own. 
Also - great heads up by many of you regarding the silicone! - I was a bit trigger happy with this - will make sure it is cleaned off the deck thoroughly before going out next!

Originally posted by 423zero

might be nothing, boat isn't slightly distorted by trolley ? Have you tried rotating mast when boat is in water ?

Very good point! I've only tried this on the trolley. Will test afloat when I get a chance to take her to the shore. 

Originally posted by ColPrice2002

Do check the foot of the mast

I automatically assumed the mast gate was the problem, but this is a fair suggestion. I will check that next. Thank you. 

Originally posted by Rupert

Sounds like you might need to ease the joint a fraction. Try fine sanding the inside of the mast gate - you'll only need to take a fraction of a mm off. ...

Also, check the mast in another Pico.

Both great suggestions. If others prove no luck then I'll try sanding the pastic collar around the mast that fits in the mast gate - these are easily replacable at only about 5GBP. 

Thanks again to all!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jan 18 at 3:42pm
Good suggestion but you might be surprised how much sanding the collar will need. Sanding the plastic seems to lift micro threads of plastic which, in turn, generate more friction (tried it a few times, most recently with an over tight Topaz top mast collar).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote piglet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jan 18 at 12:15pm
Originally posted by 423zero

might be nothing, boat isn't slightly distorted by trolley ? Have you tried rotating mast when boat is in water ?

I was involved with some sea cadet Picos for a bit. They were stored on gunwale hung trollies, often nose down full of water.
The dagger boards became impossibly tight which I suspect was due to hull distortion.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jeffers Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jan 18 at 3:40pm
I always find a pico mast quite stiff to rotate, usually needing to use the cleats to gain an extra bit of purchase.

Sounds like you dont have much to worry about, just make sure the step plate in the hull is clean and free from debris and the same on the mast.

It is worth remembering that the collar fittings are made from nylon which can swell with water absorbtion over time (but as much as 5%)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ColPrice2002 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jan 18 at 9:15pm
I have been told that there were problems with the Pico daggerboard tolerances - a number of them required sanding down to fit in the slot...
Certainly, I've sailed one which required both hands and standing over it to lift it.


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