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Old 12-25-2011
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mast stepping

Build a small frame and take it down your self quite simple
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Can you demonstrate how that works on a keel stepped mast..?
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For me, it was about a couple of hundred bucks, but that also included stowing everything for transport (removing roller furler, Genoa, etc.) Since I had no experience doing this, and no mast raising system, I didn't want to screw with it. There was a separate charge for getting the boat out of the water, cleaning the bottom, then placing it on my trailer, since I didn't have the means to remove it from the water at my home marina -- no lift.

The staff also winterized my outboard and I'll have the same marina step the mast next spring. More than I would have liked to spend, but the peace of mind was worth it to me.
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$700+. I'm on the hard so that includes putting her back on the water, demast, pull out of the water and put me back on the stands. I will wait until I am some where else and can bargain hunt.
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Where I'm at (great lakes, Lke Erie) they have what's called a spar pole. That's just a steel pole (like a telephone pole) with an arm out at the top, cable and a boat winch. It's next to a dock so when you launch your boat you motor to this dock and raise your mast. No charge. You provide the manpower. I have a Catalina 27. Mast is not that heavy. At another marina close by without a spar pole the fee is $75 and he uses a motorized crane.

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