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Old 23-08-2011, 10:23   #16
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Re: Remove a Free Mast from an Anchored Boat ?

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Hi All Of You knowledgeable People.
I'm a new kid on the block this is my first thread.So I'm re-fitting a 30' sailboat and the wooden Mast is finished and I'm looking at a used aluminum Mast and it is a 39' which is what was on the boat.My problem is the Mast is on the boat and I'm responsible for de-stepping and the boat is at Anchor.Is this possible and how should I go about it.
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Yes, it's possible, and no, don't do it.

Bring the boat to a seawall with a light crane or a Polecat on a calm day. A 30 footer is going to pitch and heave with the weight of the A-frame/ginpole you would have to rig (and I am assuming this is deck stepped) and the number of guys willing to be crippled for your free mast.

Find a crane.
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Old 23-08-2011, 10:29   #17
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Re: Remove a Free Mast from an Anchored Boat ?

With all respects to the "scissor-legs/tackle" comment (what I meant by saying "A-frame"), I cannot think of a situation in the developed world where this is necessary or cannot be solved cheaply. A 30 foot can be towed by an inflatable with a 9.9 HP. Unless it's "derelict at anchor" in a distant part of Alaska, why would you NEED to do this? It's like rebuilding Stonehenge with levers and without wheels...sure, "it can be done", but there's no compelling reason.

If the boat is too derelict to be towed, take off all the stays, and put a rolling hitch on the mast under the top tangs. Then sink the boat in place, pulling out the mast in the process. Lash mast and stays to boat...power home!
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if it is deck stepped,and a salvage/wreck,just let go the shrouds then the uppers on one side and stand back............ then detach the rest of the rigging.
two dinghies to transport it once it is down and give it a good fresh water rinse...
might add this to your plan,wouldn't you want run a couple pfds up the pole first?
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I love girls who still can use words as "Whilst" in a simple sentence, forsooth. Avast masthead, yee'l be need'n a strong yard'm t' pry thee mast head free.
This is a world wide web and criticising others language dialects is a bit rude, dude!
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Tie empty pop bottles to mast, sink boat. Remove mast, refloat boat. Or not, if you don't need it.
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Old 23-08-2011, 15:39   #21
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Tie empty pop bottles to mast, sink boat. Remove mast, refloat boat. Or not, if you don't need it.
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Re: Remove a Free Mast from an Anchored Boat ?

I'd go along with the idea of bringing the boat to a yard where they either have a crane or a gin pole attached to a travel lift. Some years ago, a couple of guys pulled a mast while their boat was on the hard at my marina. They were successful but when the owner of the yard found out, they were both evicted because of the liability and potential for disaster.

I would further suggest that in order to save time and money, you have the replacement mast at the same location and already wired and ready to go. That way, you can pull one and then switch the crane over to the replacement without having to pay for another mobilization/demobilization fee on the crane. By the way, you might have to pay for disposal of the old mast unless you have a chain saw and a pickup truck.

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My problem is the boat is at anchor and not able to move as far as I know and also just for salvage.But I will be on board the boat in a few days so I will have a better idea then as to what can be done or not done.
Thanks So Much For The Time And Ideas Masthead.
Unless the boat is stuck in the bottom, or not yours, it can move. If you are salvaging it from a derilect you better check the laws (they vary from state to state)

If you have permission from the owner and the boat isn't stuck to the bottom, you can move it.

I have seen pictures of someone stepping a mast using a bridge to haul it from. Other than that, save your pennies.
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Re: Remove a Free Mast from an Anchored Boat ?

There sure are a lot of candy asses on this forum. It is a 30' boat with a 39' mast. two people can easily pick this mast up. If it is a deck stepped mast it is really easy. just build an "A" frame with a pulley on the top. I've drawn this set up and posted it here a few times. If you want help send me a PM and details such as if it is deck stepped or keel stepped and weather their is a hinge bolt on the bottom of the mast that acts as a hinge. It really isn't that hard. by leaving the shrouds attached the mast will stay in line side to side and the main halyard running thru the A frame will act as the break to lower the mast with
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Re: Remove a Free Mast from an Anchored Boat ?

If you get the Mast for free.....paying for a crane and some hands still makes it a cheap mast in my books.
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Well Hi And Thanks :To all you good folks with all the suggestion and Ideas.I certainly appreciate the time and thoughts that you all put into it.But to day was a good day I found an absolutely beautiful Mast Rigging and Sails for a very reasonable dollar and it will be delivered to my property.So again Thanks
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Re: Remove a Free Mast from an Anchored Boat ?

Dat's what we're here for.
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Re: Remove a Free Mast from an Anchored Boat ?

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There sure are a lot of candy asses on this forum. It is a 30' boat with a 39' mast. two people can easily pick this mast up. It really isn't that hard. by leaving the shrouds attached the mast will stay in line side to side and the main halyard running thru the A frame will act as the break to lower the mast with
did I ever mention about when we put the mast through the heads when we were restepping the mast after we relaunched our first yacht? Yup, it is quite possible for a few folks with strings and pulleys to do this, but also quite tricky. We only broke the loo... Not the hull, luckily!

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