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post #4 of Old 11-08-2007
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All masts are stepped but they're either deck or keel stepped unless tabernacled. Keel stepped masts pass through the house overhead and are shimmed in with wedges. A crane is used to place and hold verticle until after the wedges are in place and the shrouds attached. A deck stepped mast requires being held by the crane until bolted in place? and the rigging is attached and snugged up. Tabernacled masts typically can be raised or lower via winches or block and tackle carried on the yacht itself. Any more details will depend on the specific boat/mast in question.
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