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Old 07-11-2012, 23:15   #1
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Tabernacled Mast - Forward Lowering

I'm a Santana 22 sailor, and have a tabernacled mast that was set up for forward lowering (previously used in Santa Cruz). I've never lowered it, but understand that the backstay can be secured to the boom, and the mainsheet used to lower the mast. The boom being secured by a line to both shrouds/chainplates to keep it centered.

I've found it surprisingly difficult to find information about actually doing this. I bought the Complete Riggers Apprentice, but there is only a paragraph on this (vs several chapters on sweet, but esoteric knots). Anyone have any experience to share? I'm close to just going for it based on theory, but would appreciate any first hand or related experiences that might be shared.

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Old 08-11-2012, 00:58   #2
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Re: Tabernacled Mast - Forward Lowering

Procedure used on my pocket cutter:

Disconnect masthead lamp cord at base of mast
Disconnect mainsheet from boom
Remove boom vang attached to base of mast and middle of boom
Connect boom vang to end of mast and end of mainsheet block
Tighten mainsheet and preventer lines
If topping lift is suspect, use main halyard and secure it to boom end. The boom serves as a fulcrum when lowering/raising the mast
Disconnect backstay at the “Y” junction
Disconnect the two lower stays running toward stern
Remove rear bolt at base of mast
Tip mast forward
Lower mast by first letting out boom vang’s line and then mainsheet. Best a second person help guide the mast’s lowering
Remove forward bolt at base of mast
Move mast toward stern, laying on wooden cradles placed on winch and bowsprit
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Old 08-11-2012, 17:34   #3
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Re: Tabernacled Mast - Forward Lowering

There is a manual for my boat (Westsail) that describes how to do it . I would not really suggest you buy it, sounds like you are all set . Be mindful that the boom can go port or starboard on you, but you sound like you are aware of it. Get a couple buddy's, tie a line to the end of the boom have them hold it on both sides. The chain plate idea will work but you have to keep adjusting it or it will bind. I did my boat a few times. It was a little stressful, but no problems. Good luck.
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Re: Tabernacled Mast - Forward Lowering

Did it by brute strength on my 21ft... but was much younger then! The hard part is getting it coming down without being overpowered... once it starts down enough to get a grip away from the tabernacle it's easy.
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Old 09-11-2012, 14:32   #5
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Thank you for the feedback!
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