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Bringing a mast home? Best Method?

Hello all,

I will be taking a trip soon to pick up a mast for our Oday 23. It's about an 8 hr drive. The mast is around 32 feet and 70 pounds. Anyone have experience hauling one with a vehicle and a trailer?

This is what I have in my minds eye currently!

How to drive a mast down the road
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Looks scary.

Do you have a trailer for your boat? If so, just put the boat on it and trailer it, like the rest of us do with a trailer sailer.
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The thought crossed my mind. The pop top isn't the lightest of trailer sailors though.
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You cant tie it to the roof of the car like in the pic.

Hire/borrow a long trailer. I guess.

We have moved a 75' wooden mast to the boat on a trailer - back in the 'good old days'. It was an interesting 45 min trip.
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You cant tie it to the roof of the car like in the pic.

Hire/borrow a long trailer. I guess.

We have moved a 75' wooden mast to the boat on a trailer - back in the 'good old days'. It was an interesting 45 min trip.
At this point that's the route i'm going, just wondering what other folks have done?
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This is what I have in my minds eye currently!
I don't think it's a very good idea, but if you do it pay close attention to making the mast slide easily where it rests on the trailer- because it will slide constantly and if it binds or wears through it will destroy the mast.

If you have a trailer for the boat, you should be able to lash the mast to the trailer only. How long is it?

My C22 (for example) has a 25 foot mast, which could easily be lashed to it's trailer without too much overhang.
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Wood rack on my truck for 35' mast but normally i would move it with the boat

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I think your idea will work! 3 am, a good swivel interface on the roof of the van. Perhaps a chase car to keep any idiots from getting too close. Go for it!

It looks like something I would do.

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Cut it into short lengths so it will fit into the trunk?

... oh, you intend to use it again, probably not a good idea.
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Well, probably going for something close to what is pictured initially. Will post pics when the mayhem is done!
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