I am just getting ready to re-step my masts after a complete rebuild
. I ended up having a boom truck pull them at the yard I chose to do the work in. It is a DIY yard in Ilwaco, Washington
, very reasonable costs and you can do anything, including stay on the boat with a dog.
Had to pull the mizzen before haul out
because the travel lift could not get far enough up for the straps with it on. That meant pulling the mizzen was part of the $250 round trip haul out
cost. They charged me $50 to pull the main after we went on the hard
. With these costs, about 1/10 the price
of hiring it done in Portland
Still glad I posed the question. DIY to pull masts on any boat under 30' would be easy. Doing my mizzen would not be too hard with any number of methods; A-frame, gin pole, hanging off a bridge, etc., anywhere you can get a chain block or similar above them. Between two other boats off their masts would be my least favorite method due to motion. Doing my main (60' keel to tip) would be quite scary with an A-frame, but possible if one had to. Pulling it from under a bridge would be easy if in flat water
. Having the yard boom truck help with it is a no-brainer, as long as the yard is not filled with hundred-dollar-per-hour guys who won't let you help.
Just about any boom truck will do, so long as the boom reach is above the tip of the mast. Secure rope
around spreaders (care not to use spreaders as purchase
point - use great big prussic knot
around mast. If purchase
is lower, run a line up sufficient to hold mast straight when pulling, and secure it tight to the mast so purchase is lower, but guided straight higher. For safety
, set second prussic above the first one with independent loops on the crane hook. Same technique for pulling up from a bridge.