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I also witnessed one of those last season, and we're over 60 miles inland from the coast:
In BLJ's pic, notice the boat with the meticulously crafted canvas cover. This highlights one other benefit of dropping the mast - you can buy a cheap $20 tarp to cover it instead of paying thousands for a custom cover to accommodate all the shrouds, etc.
You say dropping the mast is an easy 2 person job, so you probably don't need a gin pole. But you can turn it into a one person job with a gin pole - do some searching to see if there's a configuration that works for your boat. Here's a shot of one that I built:
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Breakin' Away (at Rock Hall Landing Marina)
PO of 1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (new owners relocated to Baltimore's Inner Harbor)
1991 17' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)