Here are some of my thoughts on raising/lowering the mast. For this is my plan to do when or before entering into erie canal from the west end. Being a carpenter
I can do wood, so im going to build with 2x4s a framed hoist that rest on deck
and chocked up against toe rail and then tied together/braced @ the bottom just behind the forward of the rear and forward shourds on each side.Then tie together frame from across the boat.The height of the block/hoist should be 3 to 4 feet above spreaders in front or rear of mast or which ever way you wish to swing bottom mast. With this set up after the mast is laid out on boat,tie loop around speaders pull on block/hoist line while the other walks bottom over untill rest on mast step,then attach shourds boom you got it, this can be done with as little of two/three people.Hope this helps.I'm doing this because the marinas
@ each end of the erie canal take advantage of sailboaters and thier position. If they were charging
a fair price
then I would'nt mind paying, but either way I would like to keep my money
in my pocket instead of putting it in theirs for being unjust in thier services!