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Old 08-12-2012
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Re: Mast Supports for Erie Canal travel

If you are setting the mast high above the deck, just remember that the farther it is up, the more force it will exert when the boat rolls. If it were to start going, it would be difficult to prevent it from going in the drink and could do lots of damage on its way over. I set mine right down on the cabin deck with some 4X4s under it, supported fore and aft by the rails. It is lashed down tight in 4 different places. I take the dodger down and figure that for 2 days I can do without it. If going a long distance, the trucking idea sounds very nice if it can be done for a reasonable amount. Not having to leap over it negotiating locks nor worrying about hitting lock walls with it would be a BIG positive. It is surprisingly easy to hit lock walls with a mast sticking out 5' forward and aft and can do a lot of damage.
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