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Carrying your mast "on" deck?

I am preparing to build the crutches we plan to use to support our mast while traversing canals. I expect to be capable of un stepping the mast myself a-la Ed Zaco's rig. That transformation is underway.

We would like to spend some time traveling inland and will enjoy cruise time in our NE canals from time to time. I would like to carry the mast high enough to make getting around on deck as comfortable as possible. My plan is to build supports from aluminum pipe. I have a radar mast at the stern that can support a purchase there.

My question is about the practical height to design for. Any insights or suggestions will be welcome. The boat is an Islander 28.

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Re: Carrying your mast "on" deck?

Make it high enough to just clear your dodger. You'll get lots of rainy days and having the dodger up sure helps.
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I am preparing to build the crutches we plan to use to support our mast while traversing canals. I expect to be capable of un stepping the mast myself a-la Ed Zaco's rig. That transformation is underway.

We would like to spend some time traveling inland and will enjoy cruise time in our NE canals from time to time. I would like to carry the mast high enough to make getting around on deck as comfortable as possible. My plan is to build supports from aluminum pipe. I have a radar mast at the stern that can support a purchase there.

My question is about the practical height to design for. Any insights or suggestions will be welcome. The boat is an Islander 28.

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Be sure to check fixed bridge clearances along your proposed or possible routes before going ahead. Some bridges have 10 feet or less of clearance.
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Re: Carrying your mast "on" deck?

Ive heard more than one comment at being surprised at the amount of fore and aft movement. Secure well in all directions
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Be sure to check fixed bridge clearances along your proposed or possible routes before going ahead. Some bridges have 10 feet or less of clearance.
10 feet or less! That is a low bridge. Where are there bridges on managed waterways that low?

It would make sense to make them height adjustable.

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Make it high enough to just clear your dodger. You'll get lots of rainy days and having the dodger up sure helps.
Absolutely try and keep your dodger. Many boats head through the ft and ny camels from lake Champlain to NYC every year. Motoring in the rain sucks.

Usually, information about minimum clearance is easy to find.
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Minimum clearance on NY Canal system, Erie canal over 20 feet. Here's a link for bridge heights.
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Re: Carrying your mast "on" deck?

Thanks for all this help. I will keep dodger height. It looks like 15' would be a good "normal" minimum. Making things adjustable makes sense, too.

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10 feet or less! That is a low bridge. Where are there bridges on managed waterways that low?

It would make sense to make them height adjustable.

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I wish I could help with that but cannot. The number was mentioned by a friend of ours several years ago who has since passed away. I just recall that he mentioned that some of their travels were thwarted by '...10 foot bridges...' they couldn't get under. His widow lives out on Ana Maria Island and I shall call her later today to see if she might recall and, if so, I'll follow up. According to Vasco's information however (above), the where may not matter to you eh?

FWIW...
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I wish I could help with that but cannot. The number was mentioned by a friend of ours several years ago who has since passed away. I just recall that he mentioned that some of their travels were thwarted by '...10 foot bridges...' they couldn't get under. His widow lives out on Ana Maria Island and I shall call her later today to see if she might recall and, if so, I'll follow up. According to Vasco's information however (above), the where may not matter to you eh?

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Thanks for your concern. I am not sure the boat with nothing on deck would clear a 10' bridge. It would be tight. The radar mast would certainly need to come down. (It can, Ha!) It does look like a 15' expectation will serve us.

Now for the fun of building a couple of adjustable aluminum crutches that can be solidly secured and conveniently be stowed. A winter project.

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