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Old 07-08-2014, 17:11   #1
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O'Day 25 mast stepping

I was wondering if any one had any experience stepping the mast on a O'Day 25. I watched a gentleman on you tube demonstrating how easy it is to do, but he had 9 people helping him do it so I feel easy may be a relative term.

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Re: O'Day 25 mast stepping

I used to step the mast on a 22 with just two of us. You need to get a procedure down. Have the boom off etc. Once you get it vertical it's not too bad.
You need one person to hold it on the step, one on a halyard to pull it up. As it gets vertical the "step" person needs to hold on tight to keep it there! It helps alt if it's built with a hinge pin on the mast step. If not, get one. Better yet, get a decent Tabernacle and it's a piece of cake.
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Re: O'Day 25 mast stepping

i used to have an oday 23 and it was tough to do even with 2 people. having someone to pull on the halyard would help .. we did not try that method.
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Re: O'Day 25 mast stepping

In the video he has the mast in the step with it pointed towards the bow. The boom is the attached as well as the stays. I don't know how he has it rigged up but he uses the boom as a sort of jin poll. Any guesses

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Re: O'Day 25 mast stepping

If it' a deck stepped mast it should be no problem
Use a gin pole and a winch.
The hard part is to stabilize the mast side to side as it goes up
I've used an A Frame gin pole works great
Loads of you tube videos to give you ideas
There is no way you should do this with the boom attached
It's important to have all shrouds attached Except the Forstay
They will stabilize the mast until you attach the Forstay
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Re: O'Day 25 mast stepping

New Boat - Mast Up!: http://youtu.be/PE9YrZ_slHc. Here is the video. For reference.

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