This means my trip to Catalina Island was postponed. Here you can see the shoddy condition of the gooseneck - the cast aluminum has gotten very weak after 3 decades at sea.
Old gooseneck brace from a Newport 30 mast
|busted out old gooseneck|
The bolts didn't want to come off. I had to soak them in WD-40 and some other stuff for a few weeks. Then propane torch the steel bolts - in order to separate them from the aluminum mast.
Once I had this removed, I headed north to Minnie's in Newport Beach, California.
Minnie's to the rescue. After 10 minutes searching in their hardware bins, my girlfriend found a perfectly good replacement. This cost me all of 7 dollars...
Very cheap fix.
I made the trip back from Newport Beach to San Diego, then installed the new gooseneck - redrilled some holes- and voila!
New gooseneck connector on my Newport
|new gooseneck - problem solved|
It's a gem of a store.