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Old 09-02-2010, 08:35   #1
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Mast Stepping DIY

Good morning everyone

I am new to sailing and I just had a thought. If I happened to be in a situation
where I had to take my mast down and there is no help for miles, how
would one do it on say, a 30ft boat. Does anyone out there have any exspearince
with this problem?
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:52   #2
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Is it deck step? or Keel?

I have seen some people have modified the mast just above the deck with a hinge to fold it down using the Halyards then pull a pin to move it center. I believe I can find a picture.


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Dutch,
You're describing a tabernacle
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:55   #4
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You might look at the Alberg 30 site. They do it.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:59   #5
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look at this Sailboat hoisting mast crane
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:22   #6
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Is it deck step? or Keel?

I have seen some people have modified the mast just above the deck with a hinge to fold it down using the Halyards then pull a pin to move it center. I believe I can find a picture.


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Hi Dutch, it is a deck step and I will that idea in mind.Thanks.

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I like the idea of the one man mast hoist, I think I can build one. Putting the boat
winch near the bottom of the hoist would make it easeir to use I would think.

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Furface, see the thread "mast stepping at the dock" in this section.
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Old 21-02-2010, 20:25   #9
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What the hell is patentable on that one man mast crane,hes joking right?
Furface,Rig Rite sels a hinged mast base that works ok,i have used them on a Ranger 26 which i feel is about the upper size mast for their base as well as on the C&C24 when i installed a J24 rig which although 31 ft tall is fairly light,probably for the mast on a 30ft boat you would have to fab your own base which is not too difficult,i am considering doing it on my Lindenberg 26 which has a keel stepped mast now so i will need to cut it off.I hate being reliant on a crane with boats this size.
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