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Typically, they'll put a sling around the mast, just above the center of gravity, so that the mast stays upright, but is easy to maneuver and to lay down flat for storage. They should have all the slings, lines, etc needed.
It is a bit trickier for keel-stepped masts, than deck-stepped ones, since the lifting has to be a bit more precise. You'll probably have to be there to detach the standing rigging after the sling is put around the mast.
Label everything... cause, sure as the sun rises in the east... if you don't—come spring—you won't remember which of the shrouds goes where. A simple way to do it is to start at the forestay and go clockwise around the mast and number the stays and shrouds A, B, C, D, and mark the chainplates the same. Then use a sharpie marker and mark the clevis pins with the same LETTER as well.
Get all new cotter pins/rings before spring—DO NOT RECYCLE COTTERS. Get the pins or rings as large as will fit in the hole in the pin, and cut the the cotter pins to 1.5x the diameter of the clevis pin. Round the corners of the cut tips with a file, a tape them to the clevis pin, so you're ready to go in the spring.
Finally, it is probably a really good idea to replace the halyards with messenger lines and to remove the boom the day before and stow it down in the cabin of the boat.
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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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Last edited by sailingdog; 10-26-2008 at 01:30 PM.