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Stupid question... or not?

Hello everyone! Long time reader, first time poster here. I'll have to say that this is one of the most helpful communities I have come across!

I am the proud new owner of a '95 Catalina 250. I was looking for a trailerable boat to learn on, and this one came up. Let's just say that it's a buyer's market right now, and I got a deal I couldn't refuse!

Anyway, I'm getting her fitted out, and have arranged for dry storage near a launch ramp (about a mile away) on Lake Mead near Las Vegas, where I'll be sailing her.

Then I had a thought:

Since the boat is close to the launch, and there are no overhead obstructions or power lines nearby, can the mast be left up for the short trip to and from the dry storage area? This would save a great deal of time during launch/retrieval, but of course, I do not want to run the risk of damaging or weakening anything.

I have searched high and low for an answer to this, and came up with two conclusions: either people are not usually in this situation, or it's a downright stupid idea

So what do you all think?
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