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Dropping the mast (DIY)

This is my experience, my only advice is to be creative
I won't even recomend it, but it works!!!!
A-frame mast dropping:
says I can't post links...
copy&pasteflickr.com/photos/25156908@N05/

let me know if you have any ?'s or comments
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Wow ...

You, good sir, have some major onions!

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Here's the link:

Flickr: Photos & Video from s/v sugar magnolia

good pics
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I have heard of a number of people who raise/lower the mast somewhat like this but the exact design of the derick has always eluded me.

Inthese pics it looks like simply two posts joined at the top and tied fore and aft with something approximating a fore and back stay on a boat. Am I correct?

What is the ormal way this is done by those who launch in remote areas away from normal marina services such as spar crane?

At $100 up and $100 down a simple method would eb welcome.

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Wow! Great job. I'll be doing the same thing in a couple weekends. You've given me much inspiration.
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my spreaders are aprox. 17' off the deck
I used one 2x4x10' and one 2x4x12' for each leg
3' overlap with three 1/4"bolts each
at the apex is a strap hinge secured again with 1/4"bolts
I simply made a loop of line that seats in the gap between the 2x4's at the top (be sure it can't jump out)
total investment: about $30 and 6hrs
and it was kind of fun
the limiting factor obviously is getting the A frame in position
the alberg 30 association has a similar rig fashioned out of scaffolding components so it can be done with somewhat larger boats
larger boats have more deck space for more hands and are more stable so its hard to say where the limit is...
the best part is I now know my mast is completely rot free!
(just desperately in need of varnish, and paint for the spreader topsides)
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I give you tons of credit for doing this.
Me? never in a million years.
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This makes me appreciate our club even more. We have several trailers to use for getting out of the water, and two gallows set up for pulling masts. There's always help on hand for the asking as well.

If I tried his method, I would end up dead with a mast shaped impression in my head.
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you can read a more detailed explanation at the myspace page link in my signature

at right top click the blog entry entitled "Technicalities of dropping mast with A-frame"
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Didn't think there were any masts that hard...
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If I tried his method, I would end up dead with a mast shaped impression in my head.
Don't see what all the excitement is about.... Dropping or stepping the mast on my boat is pretty easy.
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