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Bad idea to store it with the mast up, down there. Mast up adds quite a bit of windage, and leads to domino like effects in strong winds... which is bad.
Is your mast a deck-stepped mast? On most 25' boats, it usually is. If so, I would instead rig an A-Frame type mast raising jig, that would let you step and unstep your mast relatively quickly and safely, without the need for the yard to do so.
If you have questions on doing that, let me know, and I'll see if I can help.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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