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Old 12-30-2006
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I'm shipping a boat across the country in January and the shipper wants the mast complete stripped; all the standing rigging removed.

Is that normal?
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Once the mast is horizontal it is not that hard to strip. Mark all the turnbuckles on the threads to put it back as close to what it was. You will still need a rigger to adjust it and if you can be there he will teach you how to for a few extra bucks. Depending on the rig you can find info online and in books that will step by step the procedure but you still need it done the first time by a professional rigger.

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I would say it's probably normal. If you were going to carry something like that across the country, how would you do it without damaging it? If you don't want to remove the rigging from the mast just notify the shipper that you wish to ship it as a single item in it's own 53' trailer. Or you could have it boxed in wood and shipped on a flat deck trailer. When you get the quote on either of those I expect you'll be looking for your socket set in short order. I'd advise that you secure everything inside as if for heavy weather, or worse, also. Anything exterior that could even remotely come adrift should be removed. Is the boat going to be shrink-wrapped or covered during shipping? If not, I'd be covering portholes. skylights, and other fragile hardware with tape and cardboard. It's winter and sand, salt, and 60 mph wind going down the road can sandblast things nicely. If it were my boat I'd sure want to see how everything was secured before it went down the road. I'd probably wrap the mast in kraft paper or something too and mark it all over-do not bend, fragile, aluminum, don't mar, don't drop, don't bend and anything else my fervid imagination could come up with.
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