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The Telstar 28 has a great mast raising/lowering system that allows you to lower the mast using a line led to a genny sheet winch.

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SD, he said the family is considering a sailboat

1955 Blanchard 51 Custom ( I got a woody )

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Here's someone who drops stick regularly

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The old mcgregor sp? /venture, 22 or 24 had a mast that was easy to raise and lower even underway. It was a cabin roof mounted hinge, you used the fore stay to raise the mast.
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I know that are lots of engenious ways to accomplish this sort of thing...but you really have to wonder how long the romance will last. If you watch the video you see the complex nature of what this guy does( and he has it down), and then put yourself in his place with 4 of your friends in the boat with you. How many times are you really going to do this in a given week, month, year? Not many I would guess.

If you really want a sailboat find a neighbor on the other side of the bridge and become good friends. If you really want to use a boat, and it has to be on your side of the bridge, buy a powerboat! That you MAY use.
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Sounds like a Catalina 22 or McGregor 26 is suitable for your needs as both are intended for the mast to be easily raised and lowered.
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Great video, Catalina couldn't do any better!
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Thanks for the advice everyone, we're probably looking at getting a Catalina 25, so its good to see that mast stepping is doable on one, especially with that StepUp mast stepper. One final newb question: What if any modifications need to be done in order to make the mast so easily detachable (and how much would it cost)?
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Yes, and unlike the scow barge you sail, mine can make a bridge with that kind of clearance...

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