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Re: Frozen Gooseneck bearing
It looks like the tool that's supposed to go in there is some sort of a large Allen wrench (not the same as my winch drums)
That's pretty typical (the hex drive).. they originally had a crank handle that engaged the hex and allowed you to roll the boom as a reefing method.. never really worked well and most such systems have been converted to slab/jiffy reefing long ago - something you may want to consider too, if it's not already been done.
Quite possible you'll be able to free it up and roll the boom upright.. no real need to change it if that's the case, you can convert to slab without changing the gooseneck. You may be able to test the mechanism with a simple allen wrench of the correct size (you can buy them individually at that size, usually)
Again, if you bring it home, a thorough, patient soaking with PBBlaster or Krolls may yield good results.
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