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Old 10-11-2019, 19:14   #31
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Re: Ideas on building a DIY gin pole.

What type of roller furling do you have?

I specifically set up my C25 to be able to lower/raise the mast. Of course the a-frame is an important part of it, as well as the tangs that the lower forward shrouds connect to. However, one of the other considerations is the roller furling. I chose the CDI furler because it has a plastic extrusion that can be abused and bent. It also has an internal halyard which allows the boat's original jib halyard to be used as the stopper/brake. Furlers that have an aluminum extrusion will require more care and probably a few helpers.

As far as the length of the a-frame arms, they do not need to reach all the way to the bow. For me, because of the bridge clearance, the a-frame was about 18" -2' short of the bow.
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Re: Ideas on building a DIY gin pole.

Also, I just noticed your location. I am currently in Boot Key Harbor, let me know if you want me to come down and look at your rig.
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