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Is Clint Eastwood your harbourmaster?
ie, "Do you feel lucky, punk?"

9 winters out of 10, you'll have no problem leaving the mast up. It's the 10th winter that is a royal beeotch.
So...do you feel lucky?
Every other season, these guys were lucky. Last season, not so much:






It doesn't take a lot of time to drop the stick, but it can take weeks to get a new one. Why take the risk?

Especially in Tennessee. Methinks keeping the stick up in tornado country is just thumbing your nose at Fate.
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I also witnessed one of those last season, and we're over 60 miles inland from the coast:



In BLJ's pic, notice the boat with the meticulously crafted canvas cover. This highlights one other benefit of dropping the mast - you can buy a cheap $20 tarp to cover it instead of paying thousands for a custom cover to accommodate all the shrouds, etc.

You say dropping the mast is an easy 2 person job, so you probably don't need a gin pole. But you can turn it into a one person job with a gin pole - do some searching to see if there's a configuration that works for your boat. Here's a shot of one that I built:

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The boats that have fell down had not a proper cradle. If you are going to put it on dry have a proper set up. With wind the boat can oscillate slightly and that can be enough for a separated support to move till it fall down. A good cradle is a sound investment

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After rereading OP's original message, I don't understand why the harbormaster would recommend leaving the mast up on the hard. I can see leaving it up in the water, since the added moment of inertia and windage can actually reduce pitching and rolling of the boat, but on the hard the mast offers nothing but added risk to his and his neighbors' boats.
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