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Old 02-10-2008, 20:27   #1
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un-stepping mast

I have a H27 sloop that has to be un-stepped in order to be hauled 250 miles. The owners manuel gives no info on this, the yard where vessel is being hoisted wants 500$ just for mast removal. I have demasted my m25 and o'day22 several times and this was very straight foward. The rig consist of single stays fore and aft, dbl stays port and starboard from base of a single spreader to chainplates, and single stays port and starboard to top of mast. The mast seems to be steped on cabin top as in cabin there is a wooden post below where mast is . Has anyone out there un-steped a 1981 hunter 27 fin keel sloop? Does anyone know of a web site I could use for some how to?

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Old 02-10-2008, 20:56   #2
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$500 may seem high but it depends on whether the equipment (crane) is on site or has to be brought in.

The cost to remove my mast was $500 but the crane had to come to the marina. The clock started when they left their yard.

A nylon strap under the spreader will usually suffice when lifting the mast or stepping it later. You put the strap in place, disconnect the stays and lift the mast.

Without seeing the mast I would guess it is much more robust than anything you might find on a 22 Oday so a crane would be appropriate.

Have you checked with other marinas in the area. Are there other marinas in the area? Some travel lifts have a hydraulic boom capable of doing what you need done. See if you can find one close by. That should or could save you money.

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$500 is cheap insurance that you won't damage your mast yourself.

Unless the mast has a tabernackle or you're a rigger yourself, I'd pay the fee.

BTW that wooden post is a compression post.
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Old 02-10-2008, 23:21   #4
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Truck with a HIAB for an hour? Should be less than 500 I would think.
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If the marina has a gin pole the $500 is very high. Only if a crane has to be hired would it cost this much. Most places with a gin pole would charge about $150 for this job. The H27 mast is not very tall.
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Figure they will be charging you for two or thee guys plus the cost of the crane.

My advice is that you disconnect and label any wires going up the mast yourself

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