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Getting your mast in column
I have both seen pictures and read descriptions of getting your mast in-column by hanging a weight from your main halyard and then suspending that in a bucket of water to supposedly dampen any swinging....Its position tells you instantly where the head of the mast is in regards to the partners.
I was going to try it and then quickly found a major problem using this method...and that is very few boats sit dead level in the water in the first place....Mine is on the hard and a little kilter in the jack stands.
So her you are trying to hold this bucket of water and get this as accurate as possible all the while the boat may be canted off to port or starboard.
I find a better way is to use that same halyard as a measuring devise by first bringing it to one toe rail and then the other, 180 degrees away or another antipodal fixture such as the chain plates.
This still isnt perfect as the halyard can be stretched so pulling at the same tension is difficult....but I still favor it over the bucket method as it will not matter what angel of heal the boat may be lying at, from either water or fuel tank weight issues or what ever reason.
As far as measuring pre-bend...I find sighting up the mast to be pretty darn accurate...if you have a 12" deep mast and sighting up the track grove reveals 1/2 the mast head its pretty logical and accurate to say that there is 6" of pre-bend in the mast.
What say you?...How do you make sure your mast is in column?
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Last edited by Stillraining; 08-21-2010 at 02:35 AM.