Originally Posted by kcbiw
Whoa. I suggest you call Rob and the two of you hook up for info. Our boat is in the marina. We were just talking about making a boat trip and I said "Are you fricking kidding? That mast is a nightmare." but that's just me.
Rob is 402-880-7689. He would love to talk to you too.
Does your boat have swept back spreaders? My Aquarius does. I use a stainless A frame stuck into the transom with a roller on top, (like a trailer bow roller).
I pick up the mast top and place on the roller, then go forward and pick up the mast base, and push, it rolls backwards until aligned with the mast step.
Then connect spreaders.
Then bolt into mast step, and connect a come along strap to forestay using a pin & s hook.
Then with one person pushing on the mid mast, (it's at about 25 degs now with extended A frame), the other cranks the come along keeping tension, as the lifter keeps it centered until spreaders engage.
Once the spreaders have enough tension to keep it centered, (there is a bad moment at about 60 degs when the lifter has to be on tippie toe, and there is enough slack on the spreaders to lean about 20 degs.
The come along guy keeps cranking, and the mast straightens up and tightens into position.......whew! it's up.
Connect forestay, ( I keep the lifting pin in place until fixed to the tack plate).
Tighten rigging, then go sailing.
It takes about 30 mins start to finish on mine. And I only have to lift half the weight of the mast.
The only better way I've thought of, but haven't tested yet....Is to build an A-frame out of 2 by 4's that is about 7 or 8 ft tall, and the base would nest in the cockpit corners, and the top would be single bolted about a foot from the end, so when spread it would have about 6 inches for the mast to nest in.
That would be lifted into position about 45 degs up, so the mast would have something to center it until the spreaders engage.