I'm kind of supposed at all the posts I see about people doing all kinds of crazy things to avoid unstepping the mast. You really need to bring them down once in a while to inspect and clean everything. Up here in snow country we haul for six or seven months a year, and many of us unstep about half the time, some every time. Some of the yards even require it of you're not on a cradle
. They don't trust you not to blow off the jack stands, although I've never heard of that happening. It's just so much easier and more effective to work on the stock with it on the ground. The yard I store in has a gin pole we use for free, and the Admiral and I can raise our lower the stick on out Columbia
36 in about s half hour, by ourselves. No problem. I sing even think about going aloft anymore, I just lower the mast.