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Old 05-08-2010, 10:00   #1
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Here is an article from Oriental, NCs Town Dock on line newspaper:
Mast Raising From The Bridge? | TownDock.net | Oriental NC News, Weather & Photos

The owner of a 40' ketch is using Oriental's bridge to raise his mast, with rope standing rigging no less. Check out the last picture of the completed job.

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Old 05-08-2010, 10:11   #2
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Interesting. I've heard of it being done but never seen it. What kind of knot was that on the bridge?? In the fourth picture.
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I've used a gin-pole on a 50-foot stick before. No troubles, but a lot of careful figuring and some calculation.

Wakes, tides, the improper bowline, the fuz.... No thanks.
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Oriental bridge

If I pass between the lights, I can just barely fit under this bridge and I did consider using it to LOWER my mast. He did just save a buck, the average is $300 in the article. One way! Very little traffic on that bridge.
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Mexican bridges get that kind of workout frequently.
When there is no bridge - a fellow removed and replaced the mast from his KP 44 in Bahia de San Carlos by using the masts and rigging of other sailboats tied to both his sides.

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Nice floats, Sailorman Ed...
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Worth doing it for the achievement.

The cost saving seems minimal, probably paid out the same in beer to the helpers !!!
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