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Old 11-02-2009, 12:44   #46
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Removable tabernacle?

"I have done this on my own when I was younger, but this is not for the faint hearted!"

Well I am still pretty young (and foolish!)

"Another problem is that this position will raise the roof line by about 6".

If the mast is stored on the cabin roof, if it is stored in a cradle to the side of the roof then it could still work.

"You will also have the mast sticking out ahead and astern, and will need to remove the shrouds and backstays."

This is true, I would have to be very careful when moving the boat in this state.

The cabin roof is I believe 7ft 5 inches on the 900 and 9m. If I can make a safe and over-engineered removable tabernacle then this could still work.

I could cut the tabernacle 3 inches from the deck and weld a strong plate onto the square section that was left sticking out. this could be reinforced with strong lugs on each side.

I could then do the same to the top part of the tabernacle.

These two parts could then be bolted together using eight strong self locking nuts.

Kind of like this, but stronger and more reinforced.


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Old 11-02-2009, 13:57   #47
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Your tabernacle cut and shut could probably work, but would need to be a three sided job as the forward part is open to allow the mast foot to pivot forward. Putting the mast to the side of the cabin roof will be a problem due to the spreaders. It would also get in the way of using the stbd side . berthing that side to would be a real pain!


shifting the mast and raising it, then getting the rig set up properly is not a five minute job.

moving the mast over to the side rather than moving it fwd will definitely be a 2 strong person effort. I used to do it twice a year and never looked fwd to it despite being built like a brick whatsit (rugby fwd at one time).
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The mast must weight 300 pounds. Mark, you must have been in real good shape then to toss that mast around.

Rugby? Isn't that like American Football but without Kevlar, pads or helmets? IMHO that's Insane...
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The mast must weight 300 pounds. Mark, you must have been in real good shape then to toss that mast around.

Those were the days - front row forward is a bit like the defensive line man but not as heavy!

Rugby? Isn't that like American Football but without Kevlar, pads or helmets? IMHO that's Insane...
Rugby,

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and not designed to cater for the requirements of continual advert breaks
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