I'm taking my catamaran
out of the water
next week for routine maintenance
. While she's out, I intend to remove the chain plates as they need to be straightened slightly (But that's another story).
Removing the chain plates is easy, the hard part is how to support the 58' mast
while the chain plates are off. I'd rather that it didn't fall over. My provisional plan is to take off one at a time and replace it before removing the next. Having slackened the opposite turnbuckle, I'm thinking of using a come-along from the turnbuckle to the rear side cleat. The lower shroud
can go to another cleat or tie it off to somewhere secure. Finally, the topping lift
can go backwards to another cleat. Of course, if I had the spare cash, I'd just get a great big crane to hold it for me.
I've never adjusted a turnbuckle or messed with the mast
so I'd appreciate any thoughts, tips or input.