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12-16-2013 03:31 PM
Andrew65
Re: How Do You Move a Mast Over the Road

How do you move a 40ft mast without hiring a semi?
Very carefully, very carefully.

Last year I had to move my 14meter wooden mast 3 km up and down a hilly street to a crane alone because I was refused service from the boatyard next to where I had worked on it. I used the old mast it was replacing With three 1 meter sections of the old mast and a Pocket full of rocks to stop excessive rolling when I got her going. The scene was straight out of the Flintstones With Egyptian technology. I`d roll it, then chock it, move a log, roll it, and then chock it., then move a log. 2 hours and 1kilometer later I rolled it by the front of a local lumber store this way which gave the workers a good laugh, but were later kind enough to loan me their industrial strength trolly for the rest of the trp. They loaded it by useing a forklift and 2hours later I was Down to that needed Crane. It was however still a one-man operation to get it there. Push, chock, rest, push, chock, rest, push, chock, rest.

Point being, where there is a will, there is a way.
12-14-2013 08:35 PM
Rhapsody-NS27
Re: How Do You Move a Mast Over the Road

I remember seeing on the Forespar site a picture of a pickup with a specially made trailer for transporting masts. Might be able to borrow a boat trailer and make a support to put on it just long enough to get the mast home. Sounds like it's something you may have to get creative about. Hope it works out for you.
12-14-2013 07:24 PM
rugosa
Re: How Do You Move a Mast Over the Road

We used to ship completed spars up to 45 feet on a simple power boat trailer, towed behind full size pickup. Spar was supported at back of trailer with overhang (with red flag), angled up onto padded saddle fitted where the trailer winch was so that it cleared top of truck cab (maximum height was limited to 13'6" from road surface). Mast MUST be placed with track facing up or down, not laying on it's side as mast that size are longer fore and aft than side to side. Did this weekly on major highway without problems. Not knowing your terrain, your biggest problem might be trees on corners of narrow turns in residential areas. Secure it all with plenty of padding and line at both contact points. Check for permit requirements. BTW, around boat yard we would move fully rigged spars that big or longer on a cart about 4' long x 2' wide, simple axle with car tires, rigged up 2nd cart that could turn for AC boats True North and Canada. Don't over engineer it, it's a simple process once you are comfortable with it.
12-14-2013 06:55 PM
MobiusALilBitTwisted
Re: How Do You Move a Mast Over the Road

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Originally Posted by tommays View Post

A telephone pole type jury rig trailer is a much better way to go
take a 12 foot galvanized boat trailer, unbolt the tong from the axle assembly , pad and strap the tong to one end, pad and strap the axle assembly about 3/5 of the way back on mast, red flag on the end and go, for safety have a friend follow about 15 to 20 feet back, i did this with my Coronado mast a few years back.
12-14-2013 04:50 PM
benesailor
Re: How Do You Move a Mast Over the Road

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Surely, our servicemen aren't THAT desperate for a beer. Especially the ones that got themselves posted to a sweet spot like Hawaii.
There's only so many laps you can take around the island. It's one thing to visit, another to be stationed there. A LOT better places to be stationed. Those young servicemen are like homer simpson looking for a beer; you should post the ad. 5 mile hike carrying a mast? That's a walk in the park.
12-14-2013 01:56 PM
hellosailor
Re: How Do You Move a Mast Over the Road

Take a five mile hike for a beer? No pizza, no bbq?

Surely, our servicemen aren't THAT desperate for a beer. Especially the ones that got themselves posted to a sweet spot like Hawaii.
12-14-2013 01:45 PM
miatapaul
Re: How Do You Move a Mast Over the Road

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Originally Posted by casey1999 View Post
Quite a few marines and army men and women here on Oahu. I was thinking put an add on Craig's List: A few good men and women wanted for a 5 mile walk carrying a 43 foot spar- Keg of beer waiting at finish line. If I could get 10 takers, that would only be less than 30 lbs each and take say 1 hour.
include airfare and I will be there! Heck I'll even supply some Primo!

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12-14-2013 10:21 AM
Squidd
Re: How Do You Move a Mast Over the Road

I'd just tie it on top the boat and drag the whole boat home...

12-14-2013 10:18 AM
tommays
Re: How Do You Move a Mast Over the Road





35' was pushing it on the of the truck BUT i have done it many times

A telephone pole type jury rig trailer is a much better way to go
12-14-2013 08:47 AM
benesailor
Re: How Do You Move a Mast Over the Road

Way to much thought being put into this......
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