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mrb2222 03-11-2003 02:50 PM

Transporting Mast on Boat
Just bought a boat and need to move it about 350 miles with the mast down. Has anyone done this and could you tell me the best way to support it? Also, about how far apart can the supports be?

Thanks for your help.


DelmarRey 03-11-2003 04:31 PM

Transporting Mast on Boat
As long as the mast is supported so it doesn''t bounce it should be just fine. But, personally I would cut out V-blocks the shape of the mast edgewise and support it a foot from each end as well as a few inches from the spreader(s). Then gently hold it down as close to the V-blocks as possible. Then maybe put some foam under the mast between the V-blocks depending on it''s ridgidity.


waltward 03-11-2003 09:41 PM

Transporting Mast on Boat
Mike & Del

On most boats the mast is longer than the boat. Seems to me that you will have more than a foot hanging over each end.

A short saw horse on the fore deck and a higher one standing off the seats in the cockpit at the back. Mast pretty much leval and high enough for the companion-way hatch to slide. Block up on each side towords the front of the companion-way with a 2x4 or 2x6 on the flat across the blocks. As well as the 2x4''s or 6''s on the top of the horses should be on the falt. Carpet pieces under the feet of horses and companion-way blocks (tacked on) and carpet between all supports and the mast. Tie the mast to the horses and companion-way support and tie from the mast to the dock cleats for & aft, and amid-ships if you can. You may have to work the cockpit horse around the tiller or wheel? Instead of going to the dock cleats you may have other things to tie off on, sheet blocks, pad eyes or what ever you might have along the gunnels. Also a block fastened each side of the mast at each support is a good idea.

I have come through the Trent Sevren Canal and down the Mississippi with simalar rigs with no trouble.


Jeff_H 03-12-2003 02:58 AM

Transporting Mast on Boat
One minor point, on most normal boats the mast is 25% to 40% longer than the boat so they will stick out pretty far. You will want to hang flags from the ends.


jklewissf 03-12-2003 04:28 AM

Transporting Mast on Boat
I used to routinely transport my NorSea 27 on its trailer. The mast was supported on each end by the bow pulpit and the stern rail. It flexed a lot as it bounced along the highway so I made a brace that looked like a giant slingshot and bolted it in the tabernacle where the mast mounted. That seemed to solve the problem.

I also left the rigging on the mast while transporting it. Just take a bag of wire ties and connect the loosly coiled rigging to the life lines so the wires dont chafe the fiberglass. When you get to your destination take a pair of diagonal cutters and snip the wire ties.

Bags of wire ties are cheap at costco.

mrb2222 03-17-2003 04:22 PM

Transporting Mast on Boat
Thanks for all the info. I pulled the mast this weekend and have it laying on deck on saw horses. Plan to make some sturdier supports before moving. All the rigging is removed since it needs replacement. Next comes the move in a couple of weeks.

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