What sort of pin were you using? I have seen lots of things used for hinge pins, from rusty fence wire to screw drivers.
I use a 5mm SS 'R' Clip, but there are lots of variations on that - some people use a SS bolt or a piece of SS rod.
Whatever you use, it is a good idea if there is some mechanism to prevent the pin accidentally coming out while you are raising the mast.
Last edited by Greg/Debra; 07/12/14 07:47 AM.