Mast Supports for Erie Canal travel
Wife and I plan to navigate the Erie Canal from Oswego to Troy sometime soon and are open to any and all tips and suggestions.
One item on my mind is the business of supporting the mast and boom on deck after we have it unstepped ...
I have simple X-shaped supports that I use over the winter here in Rochester, but they're very simple and assume that the boat doesn't rock when its on the hard.
They're also mighty low, making it difficult to open the hatch on the foredeck, for instance. They're fine for winter, but I can imagine a foot or two higher would make a big difference underway.
It strikes me that folks have been doing this canal trek forever and there's a good chance that there's a good collection of abandonned supports somewhere in Oswego - just as we plan to leave ours in Troy when we have the mast re-stepped.
Should I construct the supports here in Rochester or is there a resource in Oswego where I can find used supports?
Are there folks in Oswego who can make supports on the spot?
Columbia 36 Mk II (Crealock)