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01-12-2014 04:39 PM
Re: Question for the trailer sailors

The A-frame or ginpole are used to get the stay away from the mast to provide a force vector that is perpendicular to the mast. This is why I had trouble raising the mast on my C22 when the furled sail was on the forestay. The stay would sag just enough that the angle at the top of the mast was reduced (thus no force perpendicular to mast). Without the sail on, I could raise the mast myself with a 4:1 tackle. I must say that raising the mast on a C22 was about as hairy as I would want to do. Not sure I would be comfortable raising the mast of a bigger boat (but I am a bit of a wimp).
01-11-2014 11:08 PM
Re: Question for the trailer sailors

Very new to sailing myself and like you searched all over for the best "easiest" mast raising system. Lots and lots of video on youtube. I actually saw a guy using a winch to raise his mast using only the forstay and cable from winch attached to it. Said it worked great for him. Seems to me without some type of ginpole which is what I have one would put a lot of stress at the base of the mast. Hopefully those with much more experience and knowledge can weigh in on this. Agree with other that if you don't really pay attention using a mechanical wench you will tear something up before you know it.
01-11-2014 07:23 PM
Lake Superior Sailor
Re: Question for the trailer sailors

A good wench is always worth more than a winch!..Dale
01-10-2014 04:35 PM
Re: Question for the trailer sailors much for the wench? Sorry, jsut couldn't contain myself!
01-10-2014 09:18 AM
Re: Question for the trailer sailors

There are lots of ways to gain mechanical advantage when raising a mast. Search for "tabernacle" and you should find lots of good ideas.

And by the way, this is a wench...

This is a winch...
01-10-2014 09:00 AM
Re: Question for the trailer sailors

On my Seafarer 22 I install the boom while mast is down and use a line on each chainplate to the outhaul. Take the main halyard and attach to the traveler and use the winch on the mast to lift the mast up.

All sorts of ways to skin a cat, or a sloop for that matter.
01-10-2014 07:35 AM
H and E
Re: Question for the trailer sailors

For my Catalina 25 with a furler. I use an A frame and the jib sheet winch to raise and lower. Attach the A frame to the forestay and line to winch through a pulley on the bow. Stern crutch is about 6 1/2 feet tall. Works well for me. I copied others with similar system. I always park on level ground into the wind and I normally can raise and lower solo.
01-10-2014 07:11 AM
ABH3 Boyer
Re: Question for the trailer sailors

Glad I asked. I remember the last time we raised it something got caught. I just thought the guys I had helping were wimps and tried tugging harder. Didn't notice it until the mast started swinging sideways. So how do I add a limit switch. I bet if I'm watching it go up instead of adding the muscle to the operation I can watch a bit more carefully but a limit switch sounds like good practice.
01-09-2014 10:14 PM
Re: Question for the trailer sailors

I thought about mounting one permanently on the boat but then got to thinking about those times a shroud or stay got hung up on something while raising the mast. You would have no feel for a snag when using an electric winch. By the time you realize there is a problem something expensive has most likely torn loose.
01-09-2014 10:08 PM
Re: Question for the trailer sailors

You might want to put a limit switch on that power winch ? When you use a hand winch you can feel a problem. It takes time to raise the mast but you get to explore other places
Kind Regards. Lou
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