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post #9 of Old 06-30-2007
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On smaller boats, one of the advantages to deck or cabintop stepped masts is that the mast and chainplates can be designed so the mast can be lowered and raised without a crane. My boat utilizes a tabernacle and is rigged in this manor. The chainplates are extended off the deck to match the height of the swivel bolt in the tabernacle.

I would imagine this advantage disappears as the boat length increases much over 30' as that dang mast is heavy!!

Rick in Florida
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