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    Posted: 04 January 2019 at 09:29
Has anyone fitted a gas strut into their rod kicker which I believe would negate the need for a topping lift.
If so then is this a straight forward procedure and I surmise that Selden would have an aftermarket part for this

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Hi Duncan, you can order this gas strut. Weíve done this upgrade one time by a dealer and the second time ourselfs. Iíve owned several boats that came without this gas strut. Believe me with it makes live easier. And you can shape your main better in light wind. Good luck!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Niels Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 January 2019 at 22:54
It is easy it is straightforward sellden has the parts in their catalogue just make sure you get the 5k nm the 2.5k nm wonít be strong enough I had a 470 that was fitted with a 2.5k nm bot found it to weak to lift the boom and assist in trimming the sail, it is a bliss not having a topping lift much easier to set the sail as you want it, the only draw back is under motor and rough sea the boom tends to swing from side to side so a preventer robe is needed as you might have an accident from the boom hitting someone, part from that great
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Forgot to mention the size depend on the boat size and the size of the rod kicker mine was a size 20 the biggest selden has
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I have been in touch with Selden about supplying a Gas Strut for my 575 and have been told that Selden supply the Rod Kicker fitted with the gas strut as standard.Does anyone have any knowledge of this.I will be on my boat next week and will have to check but soar I have been adjusting the kicker and the topping lift and am not aware if I have a gas strut or not.

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Hi Duncan
You should be able to tell quite easily as the kicker will effectively be holding the boom down. Release the tension in the kicker and the sheet and the boom should rise. On our 415 the gas strut came with the rod kicker but separately and the yard doing the fit out didnít realise what is was so didnít install the gas strut. Worth checking?
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Hi Paul
Very interesting, thanks for sharing your experience with me.

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Hi Duncan

I can confirm that the gas vang is standard on the 575 and indeed all current and most past models so it should be there.

It is not impossible that it has lost its power but you would notice this happen.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Niels Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2019 at 07:16
You are right Phil, however if the 2.5 kn is used as standard it is not strong enough to lift the boom barely holding it in position, after gaining more experience with the outfit I replaced the gas cylinder with a 5 kn what a difference to the setting of the sail to the various wind conditions
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Hi Phil

Thanks for the info

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