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moonie5961 09-08-2009 11:25 PM

Help! Dropping mast with roller furling?
 
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Faster 09-08-2009 11:41 PM

This should be possible.. it's unfortunate in a way that the jib wasn't removed prior to haulout but I see your reluctance to unfurl it now. In a way, the furled sail may well protect the foil of the furler from being kinked one way or another. Just be sure that there's no way the sail can even try to unfurl as your boat's going upwind to Texas at 40+ knots!

Your bigger problem might be getting enough slack in the forestay to be able to disconnect it without proper access to the turnbuckle.

labatt 09-09-2009 01:17 AM

It's definitely possible - we did it the first time we dropped our stick. We transported our mast on crutches down through the Champlain Canal system and I wouldn't do it again - it was difficult to put back up due to all of the extra weight, and we had to be very careful about its positioning to make sure we didn't damage the sail. But - as I mentioned - you can do it, just be easy on the sail.

CalebD 09-09-2009 01:41 AM

Take the jib off if the wind is not blowing strong, even while on jack stands. Then remove all the rigging for the mast.
Good luck with your transport.


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