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Old 05-01-2014, 16:47   #1
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Stepping my Mast

Greetings all
I have a 36 foot C & C, the mast is approximately 40 feet long.

I find myself in a location where it is very difficult to get any sort of shore crane close to the boat. Does anyone have any ideas/suggestions on a lifting device for stepping the mast? Has anyone actually done this on a boat of this size?
I've seen several ideas on the web, but they are all on much lighter installations.

Thanks for your attention.
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Old 05-01-2014, 16:51   #2
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Re: Stepping my mast

Take the boat to another location.
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Old 05-01-2014, 17:07   #3
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Re: Stepping my mast

If the mast is deck stepped I have helped someone step a mast on a 30' boat with what I would guess was a 35' mast using an "A" frame setup. There were five of us and at times it was pretty scary to me. But at the end of the day the system worked well. According to the owner he found the design online. Frame was made of 2x4 lumber.

I have a 40' mast that is keel stepped and have no idea how I would step it without a crane.
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Re: Stepping my mast

If it's keel stepped the best bet is to take it under a bridge. I've seen this done. I'm surprised that a C&C 36 only has a 40' mast. Most of them have a mast at least 52', keel stepped.
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If it's keel stepped the best bet is to take it under a bridge. I've seen this done. I'm surprised that a C&C 36 only has a 40' mast. Most of them have a mast at least 52', keel stepped.
In fact, that is what I want to do....a railway bridge
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In fact, that is what I want to do....a railway bridge
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Never would thought of that. Nice idea! Except for the train, that would be bad.
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Re: Stepping my Mast

RJ...having been a 43 year railroader, In my experience no "operating railroad" would allow it as it is a big liability in many ways.

Now on the other hand, if you knew of a abandoned railroad bridge passing over a waterway.......then the condition of the structure might be questionable....oh well

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Nobody asks permission. They just do it.
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RJ...having been a 43 year railroader, In my experience no "operating railroad" would allow it as it is a big liability in many ways.

Now on the other hand, if you knew of a abandoned railroad bridge passing over a waterway.......then the condition of the structure might be questionable....oh well

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And, even in the case of the abandoned line, the railroad company likely still owns the right-of-way and the bridge. It's trespassing.
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Greetings all
I have a 36 foot C & C, the mast is approximately 40 feet long.

I find myself in a location where it is very difficult to get any sort of shore crane close to the boat. Does anyone have any ideas/suggestions on a lifting device for stepping the mast? Has anyone actually done this on a boat of this size?
I've seen several ideas on the web, but they are all on much lighter installations.

Thanks for your attention.
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Deck stepped is a lot easier than keel stepped.
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Deck stepped is a lot easier than keel stepped.
Brilliant Observation Vasco. Tongue in Cheek humor is not your forte'...

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How many captains does it take to raise a mast? Apparently three or four.
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Re: Stepping my Mast

How do you do it from a bridge? I can see that with a lighter mast you could just man- handle it, but this one isn't small. You got to get it off a truck or trailer and over the edge in a controlled manner.
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