Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Guanaja, Bay Islands, Honduras
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Generally we don't step masts on the hard, but it's done. I once step'd a mast on the hook by using two friends sailboat's on either side of a boat in the middle. Halyard's and winch's. You can build a rig for stepping mast's out of two 15' pole's and a block and tackle system. We had one at Sailing Services in Miami for stepping mast's 30 feet and under. The feet of the pole's wedge at the gunwales and join at the top at the spreader's in front of the mast. forming a triangle. A line led aft and forward from the apex hold it up. The block and tackle hang from the the top center, or V , Connect to mast just below the spreaders and haul away. I used that thing 20 times. It's basically how that dude stepped that mast in London's "SeaWolf" I pay a guy 250 down here in Key West to come around with a Cherry picker. I once got permission from a DYI Yard to throw a line over the top of the travel lift and a group of us hauled it up and lowered it into position. My point is there is more than one way to step a mast. It depends if your cheap, broke, resourceful, or an airhead I guess.