I have never stepped the mast on a boat before and I would like to know how difficult this is to learn and to do. It's not so much the theory of it which is obvious enough, make the big pole go from horizontal to vertical, but rather the rest of it, the things that surround that process. Once you have the mast basically up, is it difficult to attach all of the rigging and such and get it tuned so that it is safe and ready to go ? I mean does it require special tools, do you have to modify anything to put the mast up after taking it down, replace any parts when you do it, just in general I wonder how much trouble it is. Is it something you can do in 10 minutes after you have the mast mostly upright or does it take hours ?
Thanks for any pointers. I have a rigging book but it is more of a theory book than it is actual pictures of raising a mast and that type of a thing. It assumes you know basics like that.
Maybe I should just try it. I mean I have a boat, right ?
Maybe I could just take my own mast down and try to put it back up and learn all of my lessons the painful (good) way. That'll take the theory right out of it! heh.