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Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Louisville Kentucky.
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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.
1972 Pearson 26
"Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving.
We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it-
but sail we must, and not drift, Nor lie at anchor."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes