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post #3 of Old 03-11-2003
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Transporting Mast on Boat

Mike & Del

On most boats the mast is longer than the boat. Seems to me that you will have more than a foot hanging over each end.

A short saw horse on the fore deck and a higher one standing off the seats in the cockpit at the back. Mast pretty much leval and high enough for the companion-way hatch to slide. Block up on each side towords the front of the companion-way with a 2x4 or 2x6 on the flat across the blocks. As well as the 2x4''s or 6''s on the top of the horses should be on the falt. Carpet pieces under the feet of horses and companion-way blocks (tacked on) and carpet between all supports and the mast. Tie the mast to the horses and companion-way support and tie from the mast to the dock cleats for & aft, and amid-ships if you can. You may have to work the cockpit horse around the tiller or wheel? Instead of going to the dock cleats you may have other things to tie off on, sheet blocks, pad eyes or what ever you might have along the gunnels. Also a block fastened each side of the mast at each support is a good idea.

I have come through the Trent Sevren Canal and down the Mississippi with simalar rigs with no trouble.

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