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Old 12-16-2011
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I've never tried it single handed. I wet sail the boat so stepping doesn't happen too often, 2-3 times a year max. Usually I have one other person helping, 3 people is nice, but not needed. The second person at the mast only needs to keep the boom in the vertical position. It will try to fall over to either side, but this doesn't take a lot of effort/strength to keep it pointed up and on C/L of the boat. With one other person I can go from pulling into the parking lot, to ready to launch in 1 hour. Not bad for a 25 footer.

I used to use the old traveler car (mainsheet attachement) to raise the mast until it broke. The car was original and there was serious lack of maintenance, but the mast fell on the pushpit, no damage was visible besides a scratch. Those SS tubes are pretty tough. No I have a heavy duty car, and use a loup of dyneema around the traveler track.
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There are several boat yards in Oriental that should be able to help you. It's known as the sailing capital of the east coast. There are several boat ramps and better yet, most boat yards have a hoist. Public ramps are also great, just be careful with the power lines as many are not made with sailboats in mind.

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