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post #14 of Old 10-08-2012
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Re: Stepping a mast on a J/24 (23 o'day pop top)

Originally Posted by tommays View Post
As and example on a J24 with 34'6" mast

On a J24 we use a 19'+ gin pole setup on deck stablized in a tripod fashion with 2 cables going aft and one on the bow

For lifting gear we setup and old boom vang with 3:1 purshase to be able to make the lift buy hand

The J24 requires about 3' of lift to get the mast off the step and clear of the hull so it can be let down and layed flat

When you are putting one back up you need the FULL 19' of lift if you going to have the bridle anywere near the balance point of the mast
(I know this is an old thread but my post count doesn't let me PM tommays...)


I've recently acquired a J/24 and I'm looking for info on how to step the mast w/o a crane. You posted a while back about using a gin pole for this job and I'm wondering if you could detail this a bit more for me. I'm having trouble picturing the part where the mast is lowered/raised through the deck.

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