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The procedure is much the same...however, you do want to make sure that the jack stands are chained together, so they can not shift. Stepping the mast exerts loads on the boat's hull that may cause the jackstands to want to shift, and if they do, the consequences will be ugly.
Other than that, the stepping of the mast, using the gin pole should be close to identical to doing the same on the trailer or in the water. Also, take extra care and caution not to fall of the boat. Falling off a boat on jack stands will hurt a lot more than falling into the water, or onto a dock.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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