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sweet, thanks for the link! That is basically the same setup that the Alberg site uses, except theirs is built with scaffolding pipe. I think i'll build one going the steel route for strength and ease of disassembly I just looked it up and my mast is 31'9". I think it is very similar to the catalina 27 so the dimensions should be close enough. I'm still wiched nervous to do it myself though! If anyone wants to come see the possible carnage one of these weekends let me know!
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One thing to note is that the A-frame is designed so that the noose that goes around the mast is positioned very close to the mast's center of gravity when the noose is a foot below the top of the frame. Since your mast is about 3 feet shorter, you'll want to keep the noose about 1.5 feet lower.

As for using pipe instead of wood, that's a pretty good idea. We have a lumber yard / hardware store right by the marina, and wood seems a bit easier to work with, otherwise I'd go with pipe. I'd still like mine to be disassemblable of course.

I'd love to come and help out with your unstepping, but, continents being what they are...

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if you're doing this next weekend, let me know, I might be able to help...
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sweet, thanks for the link! That is basically the same setup that the Alberg site uses, except theirs is built with scaffolding pipe. I think i'll build one going the steel route for strength and ease of disassembly I just looked it up and my mast is 31'9". I think it is very similar to the catalina 27 so the dimensions should be close enough. I'm still wiched nervous to do it myself though! If anyone wants to come see the possible carnage one of these weekends let me know!

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if you're doing this next weekend, let me know, I might be able to help...
That's only about a 45 minute ride for me. I have never done a mast unstepping (other then for a dinghy) but I'm willing to come help to see how it's done, provided I'm available that day. I need to do mine soon (or have it done) so it's a good opportunity.
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well I guess I'll have to get one of these things built!!!
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Re: help unstepping mast in MA

Hi BristolJonny, here is a thought even if it sounds unappetizing. You are under time constraints to move your household, your boat and yourself to a new job. Sometimes cutting your losses is best if it will take stress off you.

I would have the boat yard unstep it even though it costs $200. When you get settled in, buy the materials for an A-frame and get an old seadog to show you how to use it on someone else's boat who is hauling his boat for a bottom job or something.

Next time you need to put it up or down you will be in A-1 shape. Just a thought.
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Hi BristolJonny, here is a thought even if it sounds unappetizing. You are under time constraints to move your household, your boat and yourself to a new job. Sometimes cutting your losses is best if it will take stress off you.

I would have the boat yard unstep it even though it costs $200. When you get settled in, buy the materials for an A-frame and get an old seadog to show you how to use it on someone else's boat who is hauling his boat for a bottom job or something.

Next time you need to put it up or down you will be in A-1 shape. Just a thought.
I was just thinking the same thing. You have spent and will spend $200 on much less deserving things in your life I am sure.

Just my $.02
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