Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Dolphin Beach, B.C.
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Re: Normal cost to step a deck stepped mast?
Smurphy's Quote; Shop around. See if you can find a DIY place. Raising the mast is not rocket science. That is WAY too much. These kinds of places will charge whatever people are stupid enough to pay. As the old saying goes, "There is an ass for every seat." Sounds like wherever you are needs some competition. The DIY place where I raise/lower charges $50.00 each way. If I had to pay $200, would definitely set up a hinged step and self-raiser which, by the way, can be set up on your A30 for probably less than one raising/lowering at $200 each way. Just PM me for info. on doing it yourself. Your A30 is very similar to my A35.
Stupid ass or not, that's the price. My keel stepped mast probably weighs 250-300 lbs. so there is no other option, you need a crane to pull my mast. Go hire a crane by yourself and see what that costs. It will be $500 out and $500 back in, minimun, plus storage, plus tax.
Sure, if there was a mast tower somewhere nearby and some way to get the mast from the tower to dry land for storage then great, but there is not, so you pay.
Oh, by the way ocean front property on southern Vancouver Island is about a million dollars for a city lot. The price of realestate directly effects everything in our marinas as well as the moorage rates. We have marinas in our area that charge as much for moorage in Sidney B.C. as they do in downtown Seattle Wa. and downtown Vancouver B.C..
Boats are expensive, get used to it.