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Selden Rodkicker

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Topic: Selden Rodkicker
Posted By: Kellet
Subject: Selden Rodkicker
Date Posted: 02 January 2021 at 12:52
Hi Everyone - Happy New Year.  I have recently bought a 2010 Hanse 470 which has a Selden Rodkicker fitted.  I think this is original equipment. The boat also has a topping lift. 

Does anyone happen to know whether the vang as supplied comes with a gas cylinder to support the boom?

We sailed a few days ago with the 1st reef in, and noticed the aft end of the boom was very low into the cockpit.  Is that my fault (a badly adjusted Rodkicker), or a badly cut sail?

Many thanks.


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Kellet
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Replies:
Posted By: Black Diamond
Date Posted: 03 January 2021 at 00:28
You should be able to release the mainsheet, loosen the topping lift,  and have the vang carry the boom without anything else involved.   If not, then something is more than likely a problem

Note that its always possible to crank the mainsheet so tight that it will pull the boom down low despite the vang.  Its just fighting the vang while doing that.     testing it with all the other lines released should let you know.




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Rick
S/V Black Diamond
Hanse 575 Build #192, Hull# 161
Newport, RI


Posted By: Arcadia
Date Posted: 03 January 2021 at 21:27
Rick suggests a good test of your vang. You may also consider that when reefing, make sure the vang and main sheet are ureleased. This way the clew will be tight to the boom end. Otherwise the boom will hang low when sheeted in.

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Leon / ARCADIA
2018 Hanse 588
Sag Harbor, NY


Posted By: Downeaster
Date Posted: 05 January 2021 at 22:26
There is a gas spring in the Rodkickers that can be replaced.  If it is not 'lifting' then that is likely the problem.  The springs are available from Selden and some less expensive ones (not Selden) if you look around the web.


Posted By: iemand
Date Posted: 06 January 2021 at 07:30
the gas springs can fail if you store the vang in the wrong direction during winter. 
there are also companies around who can repair / reload gas springs


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Hanse 312 MJ 2004 - Hanse 370e MJ 2007


Posted By: Kellet
Date Posted: 06 January 2021 at 13:30
Dear All

V many thanks indeed for the advice.   I will have a go at seeing if the boom has support (other  than the topping lift)  this weekend - with the vang loosened.  Fingers crossed :)



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Kellet
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Posted By: Richard M
Date Posted: 06 January 2021 at 22:16
Hi iemand

I hadn't been aware of this before - how should the kicker/vang be stored during winter time?

Many thanks


Richard


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Richard M

(S/Y BrightStar - H 455 #90; ex S/Y Providence - H 400e #290)


Posted By: Niels
Date Posted: 10 January 2021 at 15:45
The boom with sail is very heavy from new the rodkicker is fitted with a 2.5 knm gas cylinder, however it is slightly to week to lift the boom creating a lot of play, noice and wear in the rodkicker itself, it ought to be replaced with a 5k knm gas cylinder, it is fairly easy to do however need some new rivets in one end.
With the extra strength in the boom the sail is much easier to set correctly and give more performance, the gas cylinder can be found in Seldens catalogue.
Regards Niels 


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Niels


Posted By: Kellet
Date Posted: 10 January 2021 at 15:51
Niels - Thank you.  The mention of rivets make it sound as though this might not be a diy job, but worthwhile nonetheless.


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Kellet
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Posted By: Niels
Date Posted: 10 January 2021 at 16:53
well Kellet a rigger can easily fix the rivets when you have replaced the gas cylinder Iím sure, it is definitely worth the hassle 

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Niels


Posted By: Black Diamond
Date Posted: 10 January 2021 at 20:01
I have a brand new SELDEN vang for my 575 that I am about to put up on eBAY.   I'm pretty sure these vangs can be adjusted up or down for boom length.    When I took delivery of the boat, I removed the boom and vang that came with the boat (so its brand new) and replaced it with a Leisurefurl boom.    I love the system but now I have a brand new vang taking up space in my garage.    Unfortunately, you are in Hong Kong and shipping it would cost more than a new vang or fixing the one you have.. :-)



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Rick
S/V Black Diamond
Hanse 575 Build #192, Hull# 161
Newport, RI



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