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post #2 of Old 09-16-2003
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Stepping the mast

The easiest way is to go to a marina that has a winch. Place the line from the winch around the mast at the lower part and make sure that it runs under the stay cables and fetches up under the spreaders. You then lower the mast onto the mast step. It takes 2 persons, one to operate the winch and the other to set it on the step. Keeping the line taunt, you can then put on the back stay, fore stay and shroud cables. It should be done loosely. Once these are secure you can take the line from the winch off. Then tighten up the turn buckles according to the specifications of your boat. If you don''t have them there is a McGreagor discussion group at this site that can help you. Unsteping the mast is done the same way. Hook the winch line to mast as indicated, make the line fairly taunt, loosen and undo the turn buckles. Haul it up and your done for another season. Hope this is of some assistance.
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