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Old 03-15-2009
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Mast stepping "rig"

I ended up with a few false starts making this rig work for me. I wanted something that breaks down since I have to carry it to my launch site a state line away. I am using 1" Electric conduit (emt) and used 1" OD 0.065 wall st. stl. pipe for the fittings, I used an cut ring of 2" pipe at the apex of the A-frame. This would not be suitable for Helms that do not have lifelines and the attendant stanchions. I was pretty pleased with myself for using the stanchion base, I couldn't lose the stanchion since the life line keeps it near and I know it's mounted and backed well. I still use the 4:1 from the bow to the frame. I anitcipated the need to shorten each side of the frame but that wasn't required. I am fortunate to have an inner stay to attach since mainstay involves installing the roller furling.
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