Re: Another Excalibur 26
The tabernacle is hinged and would provide enough movement to release a stay and lower the mast with several bodies and some mechanical assistance. Fortunately, our winters are mild and the boats stay in the water year round. I also only have one local bridge I can't fit under and don't have any reason to go under or past it, so that isn't an issue.
We do have pots in the area but the number are pretty small. I'm sure there are many, many more in the northeast than there are here. They are still a hazard, though, and we have to look out for them. I like having the big keel underneath the boat and it does offer some limited protection to the rudder and stable upwind performance, but I can see getting pretty tightly fouled on something with the nearly vertical leading edge.