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post #28 of Old 12-19-2007
Mc51
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I balked when the boat yard wanted twice the amount they charged to set my Cal25 in the water to lift my mast, so I motored to the marina with it tied down topside. After two unsuccessful attempts to raise it with brute force, I conceded that it would not be as easy as doing it on our Hobie 16. I made a step hinge out of 1/2 inch angle iron, a heavy duty gate hinge and three band clamps. We stabilized it from port to starboard with nylon lines. I used a 112volt winch tied off to the bow to do most of the work. I think that when we lower it we'll just reverse the procedure but use double blocks and nylon line instead of the winch. If you want a picture of the step hing that I built send me an email "l.mcdill@mchsi.com"
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