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Pearson 26 Mast take down question

In the next couple weeks I am going to have my pearson hauled out so I can repaint the bottom. Has anyone taken down this boats mast? if so, what was the process? I looked at Dan Pieffer's (sp?) site and it showed the mast step after removal. thanks for any assistance!
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The P26 has a very simple rig - deck-stepped, single spreaders, single lowers. You do need a crane or gin pole to get it out however. It's not a trailer-sailor. Why do your need to pull the mast just for a haulout to paint the bottom?
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The marina I am in has a Pole barn type work bay they put boats up to 28 ft in ( no outside space for work). They did mention they had a pulley type apparatus I could use for the mast now that I think about it.
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If you are going to do it yourself rather than paying the yard to do it, the basic procedure is:
1. Remove tape and cotter pins from all turnbuckles and back off the turnbuckles until stays and shrounds are loose.
2. Put sling around mast and connect to hoist (crane or gin pole). Rig a line to the sling so you can pull if down if needed.
3. Put a light strain on the hoist with sling now at middle of mast just below spreaders.
4. Disconnect all the stays and shrouds and lift the mast off the deck fitting with the hoist.
5. Rotate the mast and lay on deck and bow pulpit. Secure with lines.

I wouldn't do this with less than 3 people. More is better. We do this regularly at our yacht club for boats up to 33-35 foot, but usually have 5-6 people for a mast that size.
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Before you loosen the shrouds or stays, you might want to mark the turnbuckles, so that you can get the rig tension close to what it was when you took the mast down.

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