Originally Posted by Paul L
If the mast only needs to be shifted, then perhaps you could get one or two boats with taller masts than you to come along side. Then use their halyards to maneuver the mast..
Yep, good idea. Many, many years ago, there was an article in Cruising World
where a cruiser, almost in the middle of nowhere, needed to fully raise & step his mast.
Two Westsail 32's anchored parallel to one another, both anchored for & aft, in a quiet cove, with the mastless boat firmly tied to them both with lots of fenders in between.
The Westsails were chosen as both had the same mast heights, & other identical measurements. Plus stout spars, & lots of stability.
They then proceeded, with lots of coordination, mechanical advantage, winches & tethers, to raise up the downed mast off of the deck
, & step it through the deck
, onto the keel
Pretty neat trick of seamanship, not to mention cooperation & kindness.
I'd think that the odds are good that something similar would work here. And that it'd pay for all 3 skippers & key players to sit down & make out a procedurals checklist, with contingencies scripted out for the most likely forseeable goofs.... I think that everyone gets the general idea.
Post repair, have you given any thought to a Solent, or Staysail stay?