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Old 09-11-2013, 19:41   #1
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stepping the mast

I want to take my J-22 out of the water for winter. It's my first boat and I just bought a trailer for it. Is there an online manual for taking down the mast? Can one person do it?


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Old 09-11-2013, 20:07   #2
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Re: stepping the mast

Done it many times. Here was my system. That's actually my wife lowering it.

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Old 09-11-2013, 21:38   #3
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Re: stepping the mast

Attach the spin halyard to where the jib tack attaches and rake the mast forward enough to detach the head stay. Then pull the aft mast pin. Gently ease the spin halyard until the mast is at about a 45 degree angle at which point you stand under it and slowly walk backward (it's easier with two people).

I can do it in about 20 minutes alone, but it is much easier with a second.

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Old 10-11-2013, 00:24   #4
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Re: stepping the mast

In addition to the above, take care to keep the mast perfectly aligned with the centreline of the boat as it comes down. Any sideways movement can quickly become uncontrollable and will probably do some damage if the mast twists around to the side as it comes down.

(Speaking as an ex-Austral 20 sailor, lowering the mast was the worst bit of the sailing day.)

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, David.

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