The carbon material used in your mast can be seriously damaged by impact with a solid object, point loading or extended exposure to sunlight. This damage may not always be visible to the naked eye. Never place yourself in a situation where the breakage of your mast would make it impossible to return to the shore unaided & without assistance. For more information on the care & maintenance of your NeilPryde mast, please read the User Manual provided with this product or download from our Manuals page.
The following areas should be checked regularly for any signs of wear & tear on your mast:
- The boom attachment area
- The cam contact points
- The ferrule joint
To give your mast a long life:
1. Always protect your mast from impact damage or point loading. Even if there is no visible damage, the mast may be seriously damaged if it is dropped or knocked.
2. Always de-rig your mast shortly after use. We recommend always using a padded mast bag for storage and transportation.
3. Carbon masts, like any masts, can be crushed or broken from over-tightening the boom. The best protection against this is to use only NeilPryde booms.
4. Use NeilPryde mast bases. The base must fit snugly into the bottom of the mast, and must extend into the mast by at least 11.5cm / 5". It is recommended that the base extend no more than 40 cm / 15.75" into the bottom of the mast. The largest NeilPryde extension, 48 cm, is generally only recommended for sails requiring more than 28 cm extension. For the DragonFly mast, only the specified DragonFly mast extension should be used.
5. When rigging a two-piece mast, ensure that the sections are fully engaged after sliding into the luff sleeve. The easiest way to check this is by running your hand along the luff sleeve before applying final downhaul tension. Any separation could cause the upper section or the ferrule to fail under load.
6. Mast-bases, mast ferrules, luff sleeves, sail cams, and all other components must be free from sand and grit. Be sure that all your rig components are clean before you rig up. Warm water and mild detergent may be used to remove persistent dirt.
7. Remember that all masts can be broken by even small waves, surf or shorebreak. Mast breakage resulting from use in breaking waves cannot normally be attributed to defects in manufacturing or material, and is therefore not normally covered under warranty.
8. Although NeilPryde carbon masts are treated with a UV resistant finish, all masts & windsurfing equipment should be kept out of the sun when not in use.
Booms & Extensions
Your boom and/or extension can be seriously damaged by impact with a solid object, extended exposure to sunlight or corrosion (aluminium booms and/or extensions). This damage may not always be visible to the naked eye. Never place yourself in a situation where the breakage of your boom or extension would make it impossible to return to the shore unaided & without assistance. For more information on the care & maintenance of your NeilPryde boom and/or extension, please read the User Manual provided with this product or download from our Manuals page.
The following areas of your boom should be checked regularly for any signs of wear & tear:
- Mechanical front end parts: front end lever, clamp & screws
- Inhaul adjustment rope
- Back end adjustment levers
To give your booms and extensions a long life:
1. Take care to keep your booms & extensions out of the sun when not in use.
2. All sliding components must be free of sand & grit. Be sure to rinse out your boom in fresh water to prevent the build-up of dirt. This will also prolong the life of your aluminium booms which can be subject to corrosion over time.
3. Do not leave boom clips open when not in use.
4. Do not leave your extension inside your mast when not in use as it may corrode.
The Powerbase unit, including the universal tendon joint, is subject to extreme loads & forces and should be regularly checked and replaced if it shows any signs of wear and tear. The universal tendon joint has a limited approximate "lifetime" of up to 120 hours and should be automatically replaced after this time. For more information on the use, care and maintenance of your Powerbase, please read the User Manual provided with this product or download from our Manuals page.
The following components of the Powerbase should be checked regularly for any signs of wear & tear:
The Tendon Joint on all Powerbase units should be free of any cracks or blemishes in the rubber material. The easiest way to confirm this, is to bend the joint 90° through 4 different axes while checking the mid-point of the joint. If any cracks appear, the joint should be replaced immediately.
The two upper & lower drift pins holding the tendon into the tendon holder should be tight. The tightness of these pins can be confirmed with an Allen key.
The base plate should be flush with the bottom of the Tendon Holder. If there is any play in this part, the inside bolt will need to be tightened.
UXT and MXT Powerbases – Adapter C Cup
The Adapter C cup should be flush with the top of the upper tendon holder. If there is looseness between these two parts, the inside nut will need to be tightened.
UXT Powerbases – U-Pin
The U-Pin should be flush with the upper tendon holder and not have any play.