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Old 18-08-2010, 16:59   #1
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Sail the Med and Motor the Canals

I want to be able to sail in the Mediterranean and then drop the mast so that I can motor on the canals through France. I have seen a Finnsailer 35 or 38 that might have a deck stepped mast to allow this, but can't find enough clear information about them. Do you have suggestions for a sailboat/canal boat 35'-40' that might be suitable for this project?
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Old 18-08-2010, 18:58   #2
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There's a great yahoo email group that's all about boating the canals of europe; I can't fined an old email or a link to it to save my life. Maybe someone else can.
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Old 18-08-2010, 23:16   #3
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Its not just the mast you need to think about but the keel too.

It can get rather shallow in some places
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Rather than a deck stepped mast, I think you're probably thinking a taberrnacle mast.

Try here.

Tabernacle mast- love and hate
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Bruce Bingham's book, "the sailors sketchbook", has comprehensive variations on how to raise and lower masts.on deck. This book, for all it's other info as well, IMHO, should be on every sailboat.
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Canal Routes to Med

here you should find most info
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its not difficult to get any mast stepped at the entrance to the canal systems in france its a common occurance. usually a nearby marina or crane facility does it for a charge
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