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Here are some frequently asked questions and answers below. We’re always available to answer questions about our products at firstname.lastname@example.org also.
How do I store my carbon fiber gaffs?
Gaff tubes, rod holders, gaff hook holder, or shaft clips are all great ways to store our gaffs. Just keep them clean and out of the sun to get the longest life out of your equipment.
How do you ship fixed length outriggers like your Super Internals?
In the past, we used UPS (now T Force) Freight for transport of most of our Super Internal Outriggers unless the destination was overseas. For overseas transit, we priced through an international ocean carrier from San Diego, CA; Charleston, SC; or Miami, FL. We currently ship all outrigger models via UPS Ground. Other services can be arranged, including expedited UPS or FedEx, hand delivery by van, international air, international freight, or local pickup from a dealer. Please contact us with any questions or needs.
How do I maintain the appearance of my carbon fiber products?
We recommend rinsing off any equipment with fresh water after use in a saltwater environment and then drying with a chamois if your local freshwater source tends to leave water spots. Our products are designed to require no or almost no maintenance. However, protection from a professional ceramic coating or seasonal waxing will reduce oxidation damage to your carbon fiber laminate from UV.
If you find the need to clean, lubricate or protect any of the titanium or moving composite components on our products, we recommend a light treatment with Woody Wax or Collinite Insulator Wax protectant. Never use harsh chemicals or products that have penetrant or water displacement characteristics, e.g.: WD-40, as these can compromise the carbon fiber laminate, protective coatings or coloration of our products significantly and will void their lifetime warranty.
For our outriggers, hand-applied Collinite Fleetwax paste wax, and seasonal re-treatment with a high quality product such as this is our recommendation. In lieu of ceramic coating or waxing, regular (often) treatment with 303 Protectant will keep their finish and any composite hardware looking new for many years. Think of clear finished carbon fiber outriggers as you would fishing rods. Would you expect them to look the same if left in the sun year-round without any protection? Lighter colors will require less maintenance over time- just as a light boat hull will experience less oxidation over time than a dark hull. We use UV inhibitors in our products, but still- it’s the ocean and the sun. Our machined titanium components are perhaps the only thing truly “impervious” to either.
What’s the easiest way to install halyards on my outriggers and boat?
Take a look at this thehulltruth forum post for one easy way to set halyards up with our 400lb Lindgren-Pitman mono and Blacks RC-99 release clips.
How do I restring halyards in my internal carbon fiber outriggers?
To restring any of our outriggers, disassembly or tools are never required. Turn your outrigger pole so that the pulleys (halyard exits) are facing upward. Locate the halyard exit for the halyard you wish to string, and insert new halyard monofilament (or a piece of messenger monofilament that can be used to pull through dacron, poly or dyneema halyard) through the outrigger’s tip-side of that particular exit. This will be on the opposite side of the pulley’s wheel from the outrigger’s base. Direct the monofilament down the outrigger’s interior towards the outrigger’s base. If you experience any blockage, simply twist the line a bit as you are pushing. Sometimes cutting the end of the mono at an angle rather than straight or blunt will also make all the difference in the rare case you experience any issues during this process. Once enough line has been inserted for the terminating end to have reached the entry fitting (closest hardware to the outrigger’s base), you will be able to spot the line inside the outrigger as you look through the fairlead. Using a small hex wrench/key, pick tool, a piece of single strand wire with a bend or hook made in one end, or small forceps, pull the monofilament line out of the outrigger through the entry fairlead. Repeat this for the other halyards as needed.
How should my outriggers be oriented when I install them in my outrigger mounts?
Always try to have your pulleys pointed directly at where your halyards are connected to your boat unless back pressure from your baits will overcome the tension on your halyard system. This pressure should ideally outweigh the pressure placed on your outrigger halyard system by baits, teasers, etc. that you may run from the halyards. Your halyard management system in your outriggers will always function most smoothly if time and attention is spent on proper orientation initially. This may require relocation of set pin holes that may have been predrilled in your outrigger bases when you received them, or in the case of our latest outrigger models, simply adjusting your twist angles by removing and reinstalling the pole segment-connecting screws after adjustment. Please contact us if you are unsure about optimal setup on your boat, and we’ll be happy to talk you through it.
Should I run with my retractable carbon fiber outriggers extended or collapsed? How about offshore or trailering?
As long as height or rear clearance is not an issue for where you travel, your outriggers will function just fine extended or retracted while either trailering or running in the ocean. We’ve designed our retractable outriggers to not have issues with inadvertent collapsing/retracting while you’re using your boat, and the extremely light weight of these outriggers mean it’s a breeze for your mounts to carry around!