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Oopsie--You're right. I was reading a different thread then flipped over to this and lost track of which was which. It's a problem of old age! I have made the correction. Thanks for the head's up!

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On my Victory 22, I had a slip right next to a boat house. I actually got the boat to heel (tilt) to the point where I could used a step ladder on top of the boat house to reach the top of the mast, which was now over the boat house roof/sun deck.

I got it to heel (tilt) by running one of the lines (ropes) that go to the top over to a firm attachement point on the far side og th boathouse. Then I used the winch at the base of the mast and cranked.

Note that I attached the dock lines to the dock on the side of the boat away from the boat house, then under the boat and onto the cleats on the side of the boat closest to the boat house. That way the dock lines helped heel (tilt) the boat too.

Anyway, that method worked for me. It might work for you on a day when it is not a full or new moon (which have big tidal changes typically).

You would have to have the broked spreader (horizontal bar with the lights on it) on the side closest to the boat house. Otherwise you'd break the mast for sure. And your boat is bigger than mine was. You might break something anyway.

While this may be an option, I think you are much better off lowering the mast. Good advice to read up on how to do it. Unsupported, the mast could fall like a tree and there's a reason people run when someone yells "Timber!"

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It's a problem of old age! I have made the correction.
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I'm guessing that you have your boat tied to a public pier.

I know that you are trying to get your sailboat to the big easy (N.O.)
But maybe you should find a marina in Mandeville to put your boat till you can make the repairs. You can easly find a slip to rent for a month. The Landing Marina is very close. I know that if you talked to the owner he may cut you a good deal. Get your boat in a safe place where you can make the repairs need.
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I'm guessing that you have your boat tied to a public pier.

I know that you are trying to get your sailboat to the big easy (N.O.)
But maybe you should find a marina in Mandeville to put your boat till you can make the repairs. You can easly find a slip to rent for a month. The Landing Marina is very close. I know that if you talked to the owner he may cut you a good deal. Get your boat in a safe place where you can make the repairs need.
You have hit it to the exact buddy. This is exactly what I had decided to do today. I am planning on calling the Prieto Marina tomorrow, seeing if they have any vacant slips. When I get it in the marina, I will probably sleep on the boat a couple nights out of the week while I work on it some in the evenings. I can probably start getting a lot done then. I hope to have it in pretty nice shape in a couple of months.
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Hopefully I can get some help soon to unstep my mast. Was going to give it a shot today alone but its just too tall. I am 5'11 240lbs and I was still intimidated by it, just did not seem like a good idea at least the first time to do it alone. I noticed there are only 4 bolts holding it to the plate. So when I get some help, I hope we can bring her on down.
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I totally understand the frustration of knowing you can get some work done if only you had an extra hand. I was fortunate enough to be paid a visit by an experienced sailor this past weekend to get some work done on my rigging.

Hang in there, bribe your buddies if you have to.

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What horrible luck. I'm glad you've been talked into doing what you have to do.

Your luck can only get better and you're gaining some new skills.

Get some friends out to help you. Move that boat.

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Well, finally got her safe and sound in a marina this afternoon. Brought the tiller home today, going to re-stain it in a darker color. If it comes out good, I am going to do the rest of the wood on the cabin in the same color. I was going to do a lot of cosmetic stuff on it anyway, may as well do it now while I wait to try to get some help to bring the mast down.
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Sailguy,

Congratulations on getting her to a safe place.

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