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Re: Solo Mast Stepping System

I use a gin pole with ratchet straps for baby stays. Aluminum tubing was expensive and trickier to mount, so I went with a 2x4. Not sure this would work as well with a boat of your size, but maybe you can get some ideas from my pictures:

Some later upgrades:

If you want something to mount in gudgeons, I found some gate hinges that fit perfectly, so I upgraded my homemade mast-stepper with them. But I didn't want to be stressing the gudgeons all winter, so for longer-term storage I use a sawhorse in the cockpit and remove the mast-stepper. Also, I found that the rubber trailer roller was depositing black rubber along my sail track, so I replaced it with a polyurethane one. And I glued/screwed a 2x3 stiffening stud to the mast stepper to minimize vibration:

Here's some video of it all in action (looks like Facebook won't let you embed stuff any more):

2012 Video

2011 Video

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