Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: River trip with mast
In the Champlain Canal, the instructions are to come in along the port side which is good because you can edge slowly into the lock and then hit the throttle to kick the stern in. Once you get the feel of it, it becomes pretty easy. When the locks start filling/draining is when the boat sometimes wants to slew around so you have to make sure the mast doesn't hit. I find that a big fender at just the right points along the gunwale will hit before the mast...just.
I usually just lay the mast low and take my dodger down but I have often wished it were still up. If going the distance you are going, it will help a lot to have the dodger. Just remember with the mast up high, it has a long way to fall if it gets loose so make the braces sturdy enough to take some abuse and not collapse. Bolts instead of screws or nails is probably a good idea.
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