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"You don't pull an engine to change the oil."
Oh, DUH! Now you tell me?!
And here we've been having the engine swapped out every hundred hours because there's no drain hole in the oil pan. Jeez, aaron, what else have you been holding back on?

Quickstep, it sounds like whoever built your boat cheaped out. Whether you go up the past or pull it, there SHOULD be a wiring disconnect at the bast of the mast. Maybe IN the mast, hidden under an access plate. Maybe in the deck, bulkhead mounted. Or moaybe in the air, in the cable bundle. But there always should be a way to disconnect those wires, specifically so the mast can be pulled with zero risk of damaging them.

No, it isn't quick and easy to get a decent connector in there, some folks use the 4-plug "trailer wiring" connectors and just keep them well greased and covered. That will work if you don't have time for better options.
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Re: Removing the mast

If you do pull it for the installations, consider installing a tabernackle before you re-step and avoid future difficulties. My 30 foot mast is on one, my 72 year old father in-law and I put my mast up just the two of us last week.
Hellosailor, do you still have any of those throw away engine's, I'm in the market.
As for holding out info, you should put your sock on before the shoe......just say'n.

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As an old 'trailer-sailor' I used to raise and lower the mast by myself all of the time. It was a catalina 30 tall rig with a tabernacle at the base of the mast. I loosened the forward shrouds and forestay was removed and attached to a long line which I wrapped around the bow pulpit so I could 'ease' the mast backward and control the fall with the line attached to the forestay. I guess it depends on your boat and mast mounting at the deck.
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Re: Removing the mast

There is a way to take down the mast at the dock with out a crane. You need to dock your boat between two sail boats. Use their main halyard to lift your mast. But you still need to go up the mast to fasten the other boats halyards to your mast below your spreaders. Best to get someone to do the work by going up the mast.
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"You don't pull an engine to change the oil."
Oh, DUH! Now you tell me?!
And here we've been having the engine swapped out every hundred hours because there's no drain hole in the oil pan. Jeez, aaron, what else have you been holding back on?

Quickstep, it sounds like whoever built your boat cheaped out. Whether you go up the past or pull it, there SHOULD be a wiring disconnect at the bast of the mast. Maybe IN the mast, hidden under an access plate. Maybe in the deck, bulkhead mounted. Or moaybe in the air, in the cable bundle. But there always should be a way to disconnect those wires, specifically so the mast can be pulled with zero risk of damaging them.

No, it isn't quick and easy to get a decent connector in there, some folks use the 4-plug "trailer wiring" connectors and just keep them well greased and covered. That will work if you don't have time for better options.

There are connectors in there, but they still need to be disconnected while the mast is first pulled up before it can be removed, right?
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Re: Removing the mast

It's incomprehensible that you have to lift the mast to disconnect wiring. No Way!!
There just has got to be a way, just find it.
30' is about the upper limit to lower the mast single handed. See
The Sailor's Sketchbook by Bruce Bingham Seven Seas Press for complete instructions.
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Re: Removing the mast

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There are many things I've never heard of, and find hard to conceive. But needing to lift the mast BEFORE unplugging the wiring? That would be a prize-winner, I'd put on my headband, sharpen my machete, and start looking for the guy who installed that one.
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