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You can often rent a bucket truck or bucket lift, most of which will have the capacity to lift the mast on a smaller sailboat, say up to about 35' LOA for less than that. If you know anyone else that needs to unstep their mast, you might want to see if you can share the cost of the rental. Also, if your mast is deck-stepped, you may be able to fashion an a-frame setup to lower it.
Another option is to use halyards of two sailboats rafted up to yours, one on each side.... If they are about the same size or larger, you can usually use their halyards to lift your mast out... and lower it.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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