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Old 06-01-2014, 10:35   #16
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Re: Stepping my Mast

How heavy is it? I know three of us could carry the mast for my 44 footer with some of the rigging on it.....
It seems to me keel stepped would be easier? at least once it's through the deck and on the base it'll stand there while you get a few wires on it....?...
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Re: Stepping my Mast

I've done a few by having he boat raft up to me and use my mast with the spin pole as a gin pole. Grabbed the mast above the center of gravity and up she went. Used the windlass for lifting power.

Best is with a boat rafted on each side and two joists for left and right control

Heaviest mast we stepped was a Tayana 42
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Re: Stepping my Mast

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How heavy is it? I know three of us could carry the mast for my 44 footer with some of the rigging on it.....
It seems to me keel stepped would be easier? at least once it's through the deck and on the base it'll stand there while you get a few wires on it....?...
The hard part with a keel stepped mast is you have to have it nearly vertical to get it in the hole. Then you have to fiddle with it right, left, forward, backward to get it in the shoe. With deck stepped you just have to crank it up. It pivots up in the mast step.
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Re: Stepping my Mast

In most instances the mast is lying on deck so there isn't a need to send it over the side of a bridge. Just need a block and tackle. Wakes, tide, wind, water cops and state DOT might be a bigger pain in the ass. Way easier to go where it's done often and frequently. Why can't a private crane come to you? Or go to a reputable marina /yard.
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