Stepping Mast on O'Day 26
I trailer my O-26 many times per year from my marina to the Great Lakes, etc. To raise and lower the mast, I made an eight foot tounge extension for the trailer and on top of it near the ball receiver I mounted a 3" flat bow roller. I had two large squared U-bolts made so that the extension will clamp to the front winch post of the trailer. To lower, I use my boom vang to hold the mast in place while I unhook the forestay and put a large ring in the forestay clevis. Then I use my trailer winch and pass the belt over the roller and connect it to the ring on the forestay. My wife turns the winch handle and the mast is slowly guided down and the boom vang is released as needed for safety. It takes about 20 minutes extra this way, but I don't hurt my back and can raise and lower the mast anywhere with just the two of us.