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12-20-2007 02:49 AM
sandsailor i use the sheet winches on the boat works very well both ways
12-20-2007 01:09 AM
Mc51 That is one of the reasons that I'll use the double blocks and line when it comes time to lower the mast. Plus the fack that the cheap winch that I bought at Harbor Freight Tools doesn't have reverse. It was great for raising it though. It came wita twenty foot remote control cable.
12-20-2007 01:03 AM
sailingdog The only real issue with using a powered winch is that it is really easy to break something if you're not careful with an electric winch. So, you really need to keep an extra careful eye on everything using a power winch.
12-20-2007 12:43 AM
Mc51 I balked when the boat yard wanted twice the amount they charged to set my Cal25 in the water to lift my mast, so I motored to the marina with it tied down topside. After two unsuccessful attempts to raise it with brute force, I conceded that it would not be as easy as doing it on our Hobie 16. I made a step hinge out of 1/2 inch angle iron, a heavy duty gate hinge and three band clamps. We stabilized it from port to starboard with nylon lines. I used a 112volt winch tied off to the bow to do most of the work. I think that when we lower it we'll just reverse the procedure but use double blocks and nylon line instead of the winch. If you want a picture of the step hing that I built send me an email "l.mcdill@mchsi.com"
12-18-2007 05:43 PM
sailingdog That's not a boat... it's actually a boat-shaped piñata.
12-18-2007 05:38 PM
retclt What the #%%!???

Why would you need to lift a boat that high? Lock closed???
12-18-2007 05:34 PM
sailboy21
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Originally Posted by CLucas View Post
...all of which are EXACTLY the reasons to suck it up and pay somebody to do it who is insured and has done it before. Though you could always practice with someone else's boat first ("gee, sorry about that... Too bad about your car, too. Guess you should have parked it a little further away.")
Insurance was mentioned earlier too.. something makes me think dropping your mast yourself isn't covered under most insurance policies either. Yeah, maybe more risky than most things, but I don't think it is out of the average boat owners DIY skills. Lifting the whole boat.. maybe..



yeah.. I had to sign a liability waiver for than one
12-18-2007 04:21 PM
jrjerabeck
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Here's a link to the maint section of the Alberg 30 dot org website.

Looks to have some information that might be of use to you.


Of course YMMV.
This way looks to be the safest and cheapest without losing the family jewels. I still can't find any scaffolding poles laying around for my a-frame. I'll be attempting this next month and will give some feedback and photos if anyone is interested.
12-18-2007 01:07 PM
sidiag Here's a link to the maint section of the Alberg 30 dot org website.

Looks to have some information that might be of use to you.

http://www.alberg30.org/maintenance/...nsteppingMast/

Of course YMMV.
12-18-2007 11:58 AM
CLucas
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Just remember. Double, triples, and have someone else check every knot, shackle etc! I was scared to death watching my spar pop up off the step and seemingly float in mid air. Make sure who ever you have help is physically ready too.. and willing to smash their hands/fingers to save the mast! Pretty sure just about everyone on this form would rather have busted up fingers than a bent mast! Proper planing and foresight, engineering principles, and luck will bring you through this! I have seen it go the other way...but I won't curse you by telling you that story! Didn't catch that you were on the hard. Cradles/jackstands/trailers seem to make a boat feel uncomfortable and shaky when working on deck so be ready for that.
...all of which are EXACTLY the reasons to suck it up and pay somebody to do it who is insured and has done it before. Though you could always practice with someone else's boat first ("gee, sorry about that... Too bad about your car, too. Guess you should have parked it a little further away.")
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