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Old 22-01-2012, 09:01   #1
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Removable Mast

Hello. Im new to this forum and an average sailor. I live on a Lagoon in Florida with Gulf of Mexico access. To get to the Gulf I need to go under a 16ft bridge. Is there a type of sailboat with a removable mast that can be raised and lowered while moving? Thanks for your input.
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Old 22-01-2012, 09:09   #2
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Re: Removable Mast

quite common on european sail boats like westerlys.

normal set up is to have a tabernacle that the mast sits in ,an "A" frame or your sculling oars tied together,a block n tackle,and a set of gallows for the whole shebang to rest on.
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Re: Removable Mast

Came across this one awile back while looking for exotic wind-propulsion solutions to propel my so far pipedreamy but very seaworthy and exotic 33' bluewater catamaran;

http://www.transitionrig.com

... in short, since mast and sail is really one, you don't reef the sail - you reef the mast! It's funny this technology hasn't been put into production and marketed yet as a retrofit for sailboats. Certainly very bridge-friendly! Using carbon and titanium for mast body and its joints, respectively, and something kevlar-like for cloth, methinks I'd want one...
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Re: Removable Mast

Interesting option -- could use that in some of our inland lakes.
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