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04-09-2013 10:11 AM
blutoyz
Re: help unstepping mast in MA

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Originally Posted by Fair Winds View Post
Hi BristolJonny, here is a thought even if it sounds unappetizing. You are under time constraints to move your household, your boat and yourself to a new job. Sometimes cutting your losses is best if it will take stress off you.

I would have the boat yard unstep it even though it costs $200. When you get settled in, buy the materials for an A-frame and get an old seadog to show you how to use it on someone else's boat who is hauling his boat for a bottom job or something.

Next time you need to put it up or down you will be in A-1 shape. Just a thought.
I was just thinking the same thing. You have spent and will spend $200 on much less deserving things in your life I am sure.

Just my $.02
04-09-2013 01:03 AM
Fair Winds
Re: help unstepping mast in MA

Hi BristolJonny, here is a thought even if it sounds unappetizing. You are under time constraints to move your household, your boat and yourself to a new job. Sometimes cutting your losses is best if it will take stress off you.

I would have the boat yard unstep it even though it costs $200. When you get settled in, buy the materials for an A-frame and get an old seadog to show you how to use it on someone else's boat who is hauling his boat for a bottom job or something.

Next time you need to put it up or down you will be in A-1 shape. Just a thought.
06-11-2009 11:27 PM
BristolJonny well I guess I'll have to get one of these things built!!!
06-11-2009 10:45 PM
jarcher
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if you're doing this next weekend, let me know, I might be able to help...
That's only about a 45 minute ride for me. I have never done a mast unstepping (other then for a dinghy) but I'm willing to come help to see how it's done, provided I'm available that day. I need to do mine soon (or have it done) so it's a good opportunity.
06-11-2009 07:29 PM
sailingdog if you're doing this next weekend, let me know, I might be able to help...
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Originally Posted by BristolJonny View Post
sweet, thanks for the link! That is basically the same setup that the Alberg site uses, except theirs is built with scaffolding pipe. I think i'll build one going the steel route for strength and ease of disassembly I just looked it up and my mast is 31'9". I think it is very similar to the catalina 27 so the dimensions should be close enough. I'm still wiched nervous to do it myself though! If anyone wants to come see the possible carnage one of these weekends let me know!
06-11-2009 07:14 PM
AdamLein One thing to note is that the A-frame is designed so that the noose that goes around the mast is positioned very close to the mast's center of gravity when the noose is a foot below the top of the frame. Since your mast is about 3 feet shorter, you'll want to keep the noose about 1.5 feet lower.

As for using pipe instead of wood, that's a pretty good idea. We have a lumber yard / hardware store right by the marina, and wood seems a bit easier to work with, otherwise I'd go with pipe. I'd still like mine to be disassemblable of course.

I'd love to come and help out with your unstepping, but, continents being what they are...
06-11-2009 04:37 PM
BristolJonny sweet, thanks for the link! That is basically the same setup that the Alberg site uses, except theirs is built with scaffolding pipe. I think i'll build one going the steel route for strength and ease of disassembly I just looked it up and my mast is 31'9". I think it is very similar to the catalina 27 so the dimensions should be close enough. I'm still wiched nervous to do it myself though! If anyone wants to come see the possible carnage one of these weekends let me know!
06-11-2009 01:16 PM
AdamLein I'm planning on unstepping my mast for maintenance purposes in the next couple of weeks; I'll be using plans found at the catalina27.org FTP archives for constructing and using an A-frame. I priced out the materials the other day -- should be less than $50 and as mentioned above, I'll do all my own stepping and unstepping in the future.

I haven't done the job before but with a couple of able seamen it should be fairly straightforward.

Here's a link to A-frame instructions. They make assumptions about the sort of rigging you've got and of course dimensions, so you may need to make some modifications. I plan to construct mine out of smaller pieces since I have storage issues; I also plan to add some purchase to the lifting system. I think my mast is about 75 lbs.

Here's a link to a YouTube video in which some folks follow the instructions above. They also made some modifications. I'll basically be following the procedure they used.

Good luck; let us know how it goes!
06-11-2009 12:15 PM
BristolJonny oops sorry, I thought it had my location in my profile. The boat is in Westport point at Tripps marina until the 29th when the haulers are going to move it to Virginia. I can take the mast down any time between now and the 29th if anyone can show me how
06-11-2009 10:31 AM
sailingdog Again, it would help if you said where the boat was. I'm often down in the Buzzards Bay area, often in Marion and Fairhaven, since I spend a lot of time on boats in both places...
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