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Spars on or off for the Winter

This is a topic that is bound to arouse some verbal sparring, so to speak. It''s time to think about pulling the boat out for ski season here in N England. I plan on using outside storage. Should the spars come off or stay on? I can see the benefits of removing them, but it is expensive, and there is the issue of wear and tear, proper adjustment, etc. Some yards have a policy that all spars should be removed, but sometimes I get the idea that the policy is based more on the financial benefits the yard will reap (labor, storage) then need. Cast your vote - this vote isn''t, uh, rigged.
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Spars on or off for the Winter

Until very recently I have winter stored all of my boats with the spar up with no problems. I live in Wisconsin so winter is at it''s worst. Droping your mast invites problems but is necesary every 5 years or so to do a thorough rig inspection, more often if the boat is older.
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Spars on or off for the Winter

Have to agree in large part with Sailmc. We drop our spar every few years to allow a thorough inspection. Pulling it is a hassle, and I worry about the crane jockey bending it or one of the rods each time, but it does make a good inspection - perhaps one with a chemical fracture-finder fluid this year - much easier.
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