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New purchase; 1972 Pearson sailboat mast stepping question

New to sailing and just purchased a 1972 Pearson 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. It's in great condition and has a trailer it's sitting on waiting for me to bring it home from the marina. It's about 5 miles from home and I'm counting on pulling it with my Jeep Rubicon. The first problem I have is dropping the mast. I have found several YouTube videos with similar size boats but I'm missing the detail of the mast securement to the deck plate and how it pivots on this Pearson. I've attached pics of what I'm looking at with hope someone can help with instructions and advice on getting this home. There is a mast stepping pole included on the trailer. There seems to be holes at the bottom of the mast with repair filler in them. Was there something there needed to pivot on? (See pic)

The trailer has electric breaks but are not operating due to no use, (Connector is rusted through), but can be replaced and rewired easily. I'm not sure I want to move this without electric breaks. Would you?
I will add two 30,000 pound rated straps to tie it down to the trailer before moving it. I hope the height clearance will not be a problem but I will measure this before moving. We have flashing strobe lights in the Jeep and in a following car if needed.
I need to move this home before the end of December.

I'm a 57 year old Electrical Controls Engineer and my wife and I are learning to sail together here on the Ohio River. Our plan is to retire in St. Augustine Florida in about 6 years with a much bigger boat.
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Re: New purchase; 1972 Pearson sailboat mast stepping question

This may be a little late, but I have a '72 P30 that's new to me too.
I found the bottom of the mast has a domed plug that mates to the receiver on the deck.

Funny thing, I'm also a fifty-something Controls Engineer, new to sailing and looking to break from land with my better half!

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Re: New purchase; 1972 Pearson sailboat mast stepping question

Don't tow it w/o brakes! You probably need a larger truck to tow it.
Pearsons of that vintage don't have a pivoting mast base so you will need to lift and drop rather then swing down, unless you have lot of help

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Re: New purchase; 1972 Pearson sailboat mast stepping question

With a mast that short can probably drop it with a little help from your friends. There is no tabernacle base on this boat so lift it off the step manhandle it down. You can have a hinged base made up to make future demastings easier. Other choice would be renting a crane or even a backhoe.
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Re: New purchase; 1972 Pearson sailboat mast stepping question

Thanks for the help and comments from everyone. Just to let you know as an update, I did get the mast down and I did get the boat home and all ended well.
Now it was harry getting the mast down. I broke my foot the week I was to start on this. Had to get it out of the marina New Years Day. So I had to direct my family and friends from the ground in a cast. The mast ended up falling on a power-line that caught it perfectly. (Was insulated). The A-Frame did not get up in time but did finally get in place to lower the mast. It was heavy.

The electric brakes did not work so I did tow it home without. I took extra precaution by having a lead vehicle and a tail vehicle. All had white police strobes and kept it at 45MPH. I tested the breaking and kept my distances under what control I knew I had for the equipment. The Jeep Rubicon 4 door Unlimited is a fine vehicle for the job. Got it home and now begins the bottom paint and a hinge for the mast to name a few of my winter chores.

Next adventure, Spring sailing for the first time with my wife.

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Next adventure, Spring sailing for the first time with my wife.

AND! fixing the brakes!

Glad nothing bad happened.

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