Join Date: May 2007
Location: Santa Cruz
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a typical mast will be fine supported only by the lowers or uppers, as long as the wind is less than hurricane strength.
My boat got a new (keel-stepped) mast because the yard disconnected ALL the shrouds and went home for the night. It then blew over 40 knots and folded the mast over onto the neighboring boats.