Originally Posted by boatman61
Well.... he'll need some form of Tabernacle for starters...
if he wants to do it solo...
I think all Mac's have deck
mounted masts. What's missing is a little "U" channel piece of metal mounted just in front of the mast pivot.
What I do is connect the mast to the mast plate and run the jib halyard
down to the mast plate as well. I put the gin pole into the "U" bracket (with a bolt through the bracket and pole), stand it straight up and attach the jib halyard
to it. Now I have a right angle triangle with the mast as the base, the gin pole as the side and the halyard as the hypotenuse.
On Mac masts, there are two fairleads mounted about 2m from the base. I connect baby stays from those to the side of the boat to stop lateral movement.
Then I connect a handy billy from the gin pole down to the bow. Heave on the handy billy line and mast walks right up into place. Once it's up connect the forestay and unclip the halyard from the gin pole ( lock off the halyard so you don't have to redo all of this to retrieve your halyard at the top of the mast. Ask me how I learned this and learned NOT to try and climb up a Mac mast).
The gin pole can be attached to the mast and the baby stays can be left in position if you want. Neither the pole or the stays interfere with the jib tacking but I take mine down.
There you go, Bob's your uncle, Fanny's your aunt.