If you have the misfortune to be parked in a marina with an ineffectual tyre wave barrier and a predilection to boats rolling so heavily that their masts clash so that their hideously expensive Raymarine wind gear gets bent, this is for you. Don't remove the wind vane anemometer bit from the mast to straighten it. Just loosen the fixing ferrule and rotate the thing until the anemometer/wind vane bit is vertical again - the connector doesn't mind at all. If you remove it and attempt to straighten it, it is the devil's own job to get the connector back in without getting it absolutely central in the threaded ferrule bit which is trying to locate itself on the bit you just tried to straighten.
It took me 4 goes up and down the mast before I got the thing plugged in properly and working again.
Ancillary tip: Even though you have a clever webbing ladder that allows you to climb masts without help, have someone at the bottom to tell you if the wind instrument is working, otherwise you have to go up and down like a yo-yo.
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