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Sailboat Family: UnStepping the Mast
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I know the CS 36 from building and servicing. Your mast isn't actually bolted to the keel, but sits on a step that is bolted to structural grid and through-bolted to that aluminum step.
Take photos of everything JUST IN CASE YOU NEED THEM IN 6 MONTHS as reference.
You should plan a light wind day and have a couple of helpers (hopefully they have done this on their boats too). You'll need saw horses ashore, a mobile mast cart ashore or a support system to secure the mast on deck. Don't worry about the mast falling over if you disconnect all rigging, it has a semi-rigid column that will stand on it's own provided it is secured at the step and bears at the mast partners. YOUR MANUAL WILL HAVE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DO THIS.
PM me is you don't have a manual and I will email one to you.
You might want to go aloft first to remove instruments to protect from crane damage.
First - DISCONNECT ALL WIRING THAT RUNS INTO THE MAST IN THE LOCKER TO STARBOARD OF THE MAST.
This is a good time to make sure all the labels are there, relable the ones that aren't, and plan any related work to be done before mast goes back up.
2nd - remove sails, boom, vang, etc so you have a bare spar. Secure all below or ashore, the less deck clutter the better for this operation. Secure all halyards to mast & coil tails. Bungy cords work good temporarily.
3rd - pull all the cotter pins/locking rings in the turnbuckles (but not the ones that hold the turnbuckles to the clevis pins in the chainplates). At this point you can loosen the turnbuckles but do not disconnect from chainplates. If you have turnbuckle boots you can pull the pins on the chainplates, remove the boots and repin to chainplates. If you don't repin you may get turnbuckle damage to the deck from it moving around.
4th - remove any mast wedges that you can (CS used a thick rubber that wrapped around the mast to fill the gap)
5th - secure a line with a eye to the mast (a bowline works well) tight enough to control movement but not so tight it cannot run up the mast and over lights, pole cars, etc. The tail must be longer than the length from the eye to below the bottom of the mast. The excess is good to secure at the bottom with a couple of half hitches to give you more control of the mast when it is clear of the deck.
5th - run the eye up the mast with the crane (mouse the crane hook to prevent eye from coming off the hook) and secure around mast near the deck.
6th - pull all turnbuckle cotter and clevis pins
7th - signal crane operator to put load on crane, signal person below deck mast is lifting and to guide mast up and out without damageing bulkhead (carpet works great). Ideally you will guide mast out at partners and another helper will gather the shrouds & furling and secure them to mast as it lifts.
8th - once clear, crane will swing away from boat to lower to shore support or lower to deck supports.
9th - remove and label all rigging or leave on mast and secure to mast with periodic spacers to prevent chafe or damage to mast finish.
My pet preferences - dispose of all cotter pins/rings and use new ones when stepping (they are cheap); clean & lube all electrical connections, inspect all clevis pins, light bulbs, etc now rather than the spring; disassemble all turnbuckles to clean & lube, store turnbuckles in the boat in canvas or cloth (not a plastic bag) to protect against damage, loss or theft (yes that happens in boat yards); remove antennas and instruments; fresh water flush furling to manufacturer guidelines; clean & lube all tracks; inspect all mast lines, halyards & fittings. The more you can do now the less you will forget to do in the spring.
Make a list of everything that needs repair or replacement for a smooth spring step & launch.
Pulling the mast really is simple. This description is meant to methodically cover all the bases. If you and the crew can execute it flawlessly without yelling and screaming all the on-lookers will think you have done it a million times. Enjoy
By the way, where are you laying up for the winter?