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12-03-2007 10:32 AM
T34C Just to throw out another idea or two... Does your marina have a Travel-lift? If so, you may be able to put your boat in the well to help reach the masthead w/o going aloft. For a couple of bucks (more likely a 12 pack) you may be able to get one of the guys at the marina to lift you with the Travel-lift or a crane while your boat is in the well.

Never hurts to consider other options that might be more comfortable and safer.
12-02-2007 10:58 PM
marinesniper Thanks guys for the advice...
12-02-2007 03:49 PM
Originally Posted by marinesniper View Post
also a rigger quoted my $650 dollars to do the whole thing...
Quote sounds a little high. I think that's what I paid for my new forestay on our 40 footer.
12-02-2007 03:33 PM
runexe TB
Thanks, I did miss the link.
12-02-2007 02:31 PM
marinesniper Thanks guys I appreciate the good advice, I want to do this myself because it is my boat and I want to break or fix her... also a rigger quoted my $650 dollars to do the whole thing...

I will add a picture tonight, because I have one other problem which I will open a new thread on./..

thanks guys...
12-02-2007 02:31 PM
sailingdog TB-

You just had to go there...
12-02-2007 02:25 PM
soulesailor You definitely can do it the way Faster describes with the halyard rigged as a temporary forestay supporting the rig while you climb aloft. I helped my friend replace his backstay this fall in this exact manner and it went off without a hitch. He rented a slip for a day (his boat lives on a mooring) and he took a line up with him to lower the cable down to the deck. One more trip up with the new cable and he was off (he couldn't just hoist the new one up then because he used the old one as a reference for the rigging shop to make the new one). He also got some cool pictures of his boat while he was up there!
12-02-2007 02:16 PM
TrueBlue runexe,
The series of photos were from a current thread located HERE.

I guess you missed the embedded hyperlink.
12-02-2007 02:12 PM
runexe Ummm... oops? I have to ask, is there a story that goes with that picture? Cuz I'm very curious. Are those a couple medicine balls or something?
12-02-2007 01:09 PM
Originally Posted by marinesniper View Post
Please help me with some recomendations, or a link to some pictures on how to do this that might help...

There is another, more extreme way to reach your forestay mast connection . . . without the need for going aloft.

Just rig up this device while anchored alongside a high fixed pier during low tide.

No forestay needed . . . just be sure your shrouds are secure.
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