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03-24-2013 12:21 PM
Re: Easiest mast to raise?

The easiest mast to step is one that someone else steps!

I own a 260 and I can certainly step the mast alone but it is much easier with a second person. If you devise a system to run your "mast halyard" back to a primary winch I bet you'd have a simple time of it. Like anything, the more you do it the easier and faster it gets.


Originally Posted by RonTyson View Post
Hunter 240 or 260, a husband and wife did the Great Loop on their 260 several years ago including dropping the mast on the water going through the locks.
03-24-2013 12:42 AM
Re: Easiest mast to raise?

This guy does it twice each outing - once to go under the bridge on the way out, and second upon returning. He uses and A-frame:

I do mine once a season while on the hard. I use a gin pole with retention straps as "baby stays" to keep the mast and gin pole in column. It could be done on water, although I'd worry if a big wake hit me while the mast was halfway up/down:

03-23-2013 09:49 PM
Re: Easiest mast to raise?

Hunter 240 or 260, a husband and wife did the Great Loop on their 260 several years ago including dropping the mast on the water going through the locks.
03-23-2013 08:46 PM
Re: Easiest mast to raise?

I would guess the Catalina 22 I had was about in the middle of the scale of easy to impossible to raise. It was a bit of work, but do-able with one person. It is always more difficult and dangerous to raise the mast on the water. The way I had the C22 set up it would have been a bad idea on the water.
03-23-2013 05:11 PM
Re: Easiest mast to raise?

GREETINGS EARTHLINGS:- Had a Trident 24' triple keel cruiser/racer 34' mast raised and lowered single handed . Look on the trident owners association there are several designs for the tabinackles that are fitted to mast houseings. The one on board my boat was designed by my Farther and was out of two inch angl iron quarter inch thick in a u shape that fits over the outside of the upper tabinackle bolt . connecting the backstay the two shrouds and using the main-sheet attached to the spinicker halyard (3/4 rig) could up or down the mast in under and hour Hope this helps AS ALWAYS GO SAFE.
03-23-2013 04:33 PM
Re: Easiest mast to raise?

I had both the Chrysler 22 and 26 and on both the mast was easy to step.

Captain Scott Sailing Puget and Possession Sound Seattle Everett You can see it being done here
03-23-2013 04:06 PM
Re: Easiest mast to raise?

I'll second that on the Johnson Lever. Its a must have for anyone who raises and lowers the mast often.
03-23-2013 03:19 PM
Re: Easiest mast to raise?

Hi, I have a Macgregor 26S. She came with her own mastraising system (ginpole). It can easily be managed by a half portion like myself. Always cracks me up when I'm at the marina and have to winch the mast up or down. A mast hanging in the air at 45 degrees seems to have a frightful attraction to other sailors who quickly run to the rescue, just to notice that everything is perfectly ok .

Whatever boat you end up with, a forestay lever helps to get the last free centimeters close enough that you can pin the stay in place IMHO.
03-23-2013 03:13 PM
Re: Easiest mast to raise?

Take a look at the Macgregors. They are very simple to raise the mast on, and the X and M series come with a mast raising system for single handed raising. A lot of the older models have been modified to accept this system also.
03-23-2013 02:59 PM
Re: Easiest mast to raise?

Looking more for a 22 or 23 footer, but I will make a note of that. I won't be doing too much solo sailing though, so a 2 person raising job is certainly within reason.
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