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Re: Question for the trailer sailors much for the wench? Sorry, jsut couldn't contain myself!

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Very new to sailing myself and like you searched all over for the best "easiest" mast raising system. Lots and lots of video on youtube. I actually saw a guy using a winch to raise his mast using only the forstay and cable from winch attached to it. Said it worked great for him. Seems to me without some type of ginpole which is what I have one would put a lot of stress at the base of the mast. Hopefully those with much more experience and knowledge can weigh in on this. Agree with other that if you don't really pay attention using a mechanical wench you will tear something up before you know it.
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The A-frame or ginpole are used to get the stay away from the mast to provide a force vector that is perpendicular to the mast. This is why I had trouble raising the mast on my C22 when the furled sail was on the forestay. The stay would sag just enough that the angle at the top of the mast was reduced (thus no force perpendicular to mast). Without the sail on, I could raise the mast myself with a 4:1 tackle. I must say that raising the mast on a C22 was about as hairy as I would want to do. Not sure I would be comfortable raising the mast of a bigger boat (but I am a bit of a wimp).

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