My Javelin has a 23(ish) foot aluminum mast, which I have to raise and lower every time I have to sail, what with my being a trailer sailor and all.
The process, both up and down, was a mite scary for me and my girlfriend, especially when we had the mast vertical, but needed to lift it over the bow deck to thread it into the pass-through to the step on the 'keel'
Now, I know there's a tabernacle available for the boat, but I'm playing frugal right now, and wondering if there's an easier way to raise this sucker than straight hand-power, not to mention the need for careful standing rigging tuning on a deck-stepped mast like that. (Lessons_Learned
So, my big idea:
The Javelin is somewhere around a 3/4 fractional rig, and I thought I might put a rubber pad on the bow deck, attach the spinnaker halyard to the forestay's chainplate, and have my girlfriend haul the mast to vertical, while I guide it up, and then down into the passthrough.
Does this sound like an entirely foolhardy maneuver? I mean, there are no bridges involved, so it can't be *that* bad, right?
What's the verdict? Crazy! Don't do it! You'll destroy your boat, kill your girlfriend and start an international incident! OR Go for it. Sounds like an okay idea?