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Offline Wes

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Mast raising
« on: April 20, 2017, 07:45:22 PM »
Has anybody successfully stepped a 27 mast without the aid of a crane or other power equipment? Can't seem to convince my boatyard to fire up their Lull lift on a weekend, which is the only time I can be there. Contemplating a manual effort. I know I can get the mast up onto the deck, but not sure about raising it.

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Offline relamb

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Re: Mast raising
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 08:37:29 PM »
I have always used a crane or a forklift, and besides the $200 charge from the riggers I get tired of waiting on the yard's schedule.  ...so I'm installing a Ballenger Spars HMB-30 mast base and building an A frame so that I can do it myself.  I would not want to try it without some way of holding/fixing the bottom of the mast base while you raise it, or hanging the mast from above somehow (strong tree branch, or from a bridge).
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Re: Mast raising
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 11:56:01 PM »
I have built an A-frame and my wife and I can raise/lower the mast easily.  I do have pictures, finally, and will post them tomorrow.
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Offline Jma1_nemo

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Re: Mast raising
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2017, 12:19:17 AM »
We (my wife & I ) also use Patrick's A-frame method on our CP-27 & can vouch for it's simplicity and effectiveness. Ain't no cranes where we sail ;-).
« Last Edit: Yesterday at 11:17:55 PM by Jma1_nemo »

Offline Wes

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Re: Mast raising
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 07:32:37 AM »
Very encouraging! More details please! How do two people best deploy their efforts? Does one person stabilize the bottom of the mast on the deck while the other one hauls on the forestay or furler? Inquiring minds need to know.

Pictures please!

Wes
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Washington, North Carolina

Offline BruceW

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Re: Mast raising
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 02:51:20 PM »
Large helium filled weather balloon will raise the mast. Then, shoot the balloon with a bb gun to get the balloon back, or to lower the mast slowly. Duct tape over the hole for next time.
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Re: Mast raising
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2017, 10:45:02 AM »
Would like to see pics of the A-Frames please.  ...and the balloon method.
Rick
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Re: Mast raising
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2017, 12:33:49 PM »
Would like to see pics of the A-Frames please.  ...and the balloon method.
Rick

LOL! Thanks for that, Rick; I'd like to see the balloon method also! B
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