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Stepping mast single handed

I have an S2 6.9 and searching for a safe ande easy way to step the mast alone. Any ideas?
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Stepping mast single handed

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Stepping mast single handed

I don''t remember exactly how the S2 is rigged, but, if you look carefully, you can find about four mast raising systems by going to the following web address.

http://www.catalina25-250.org/tech/tech25/tech25.html

I''ve never used any of these systems, but know people who swear that the system they use can be done single-handed. Personally, I''d feel better having one person to keep the mast from swinging from side to side while it''s going up.
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I came across this, which you may want to look at, I am:http://home.att.net/~sail-trailers/mastlift.html
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stepping the mast by yourself

Howdy yall!

I'm a sailing instuctor here in central Texas, and I get lot's of questions on how to step the mast by oneself. There are many systems for doing so already developed for various boats, so I've been filming them so yall can see how it's done on various boats. I put these videos on my website, Sailing Texas, and there is no charge to see them. As you will see, for a sailboat that steps on the deck instead of down on the keel the methods are all very similar. Something to keep the mast from falling sideways and then a method to pull the mast up using a lever. In the latest video my wife Alison (who weighs 120 pounds and is 56 years old!) raises and lowers the Flying Scot mast entirely by herself. She said it was very easy.

Here's a link to my Videos page, which has a lot of interesting stuff, one section is devoted solely to raising and lowering masts,

http://www.sailingtexas.com/Movies/s...deosindex.html

I really hope this helps. Raising and lowering the mast can be very easy, and if done properly is quite safe too.

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I like the A-frame setups better than the single gin-pole setups, as I believe they're easier to work with and far safer. On my friend's Cape Dory, they use the boomvang and attach it to an A-frame, made of 1" pipe, and the forestay chainplate. The jib halyard is attached to the A-frame and cleated off so that the A-frame is roughly vertical. The mast foot has a pin that goes through the mast step base and then, once the pin is in place, they haul on the boom vang to raise the mast. It works pretty well and could be done by a single person, but generally they have two people doing it.

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I came across this, which you may want to look at, I am:http://home.att.net/~sail-trailers/mastlift.html
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I went to that web site and tried calling the number. I sent an e-mail and received no response and I tried telephoning the number but it is apparently disconnected.
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I like the A-frame setups better than the single gin-pole setups, as I believe they're easier to work with and far safer. On my friend's Cape Dory, they use the boomvang and attach it to an A-frame, made of 1" pipe, and the forestay chainplate. The jib halyard is attached to the A-frame and cleated off so that the A-frame is roughly vertical. The mast foot has a pin that goes through the mast step base and then, once the pin is in place, they haul on the boom vang to raise the mast. It works pretty well and could be done by a single person, but generally they have two people doing it.
Do you know where I can buy an A-frame setup or plans to make one. I have a Rhodes 18 that steps on the keel so the mast needs to be raised verticle and dropped into the hole in the foredeck.
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Howdy yall!

I'm a sailing instuctor here in central Texas, and I get lot's of questions on how to step the mast by oneself. There are many systems for doing so already developed for various boats, so I've been filming them so yall can see how it's done on various boats. I put these videos on my website, Sailing Texas, and there is no charge to see them. As you will see, for a sailboat that steps on the deck instead of down on the keel the methods are all very similar. Something to keep the mast from falling sideways and then a method to pull the mast up using a lever. In the latest video my wife Alison (who weighs 120 pounds and is 56 years old!) raises and lowers the Flying Scot mast entirely by herself. She said it was very easy.

Here's a link to my Videos page, which has a lot of interesting stuff, one section is devoted solely to raising and lowering masts,

http://www.sailingtexas.com/Movies/s...deosindex.html

I really hope this helps. Raising and lowering the mast can be very easy, and if done properly is quite safe too.

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Luckenbach, thank you Sir,, SOOOO much. You have solved my biggest problem.
I have to tell you, your site(SailingTexas) was one of the first I found when I began my search for a boat, and I go on almost everyday just to see what's new in the "for sale" section. The gallery is one of my favorites. Again, thank you VERY much, I feel like I'm a better sailor today.
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I went to the site and tried to play the videos but all three show only the construction of the device. The videos showing the actual raising and lowering of the mast just repeat the first one.
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