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12-18-2011 05:11 PM
windyway
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I took the rigging off when I first got it and tried to raise it from the back. The angle and height of the pop top makes it nearly impossible. You almost have to have the mast straight up before you can get it to line up with the pin hole on the mast step.
Paul, it may be that these boats have different setups, actually I know they do as far as hardware and clearances around this specific area. I have a 79 with a pop top and I assure you I raise my mast from the AFT position. I have built an AFT crutch that is used to support the mast during transit, as I mentioned. This crutch consists of 2 rollers on a "V" at the top of the crutch and an inner square pipe that raises & gets pinned which makes it another approx 4' higher (8' total). The mast is unhooked from the forward holder & rolled back on this raised crutch until the large mast foot pin can be engaged. Then from this semi raised position it's just a matter of winching the forestay with the setup I have up front.
12-18-2011 03:04 PM
PaulSims I took the rigging off when I first got it and tried to raise it from the back. The angle and height of the pop top makes it nearly impossible. You almost have to have the mast straight up before you can get it to line up with the pin hole on the mast step.
12-18-2011 02:35 PM
windyway
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cool! can you post a video
Sorry the boat is stored for the season with a tarp on it. Remember there are boats north of LA. LOL
12-18-2011 12:03 PM
Southron Spirit cool! can you post a video
12-18-2011 01:58 AM
windyway Looks lame to me! Mine is wayyyyy easier than all that.
12-17-2011 10:06 PM
Southron Spirit How to Lower a Sailboat Mast - YouTube
12-15-2011 11:03 PM
windyway
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a few questions to start
swing keel winch mine has like 1/4 inch line on it ,not cable anyone else have there's rigged like this ?

the winch looks like it is ready to collapase from all the rust anyone know a good model for replacement .

this is a pop top model ,the former owner told me you need to lay the mast over towards the bow ,which we did without much trouble .
but looking at it ,it seems like it should be able to laydown toward the stern also which would let me do the board and winch trick . i have seen on youtube.

thanks
1) Swing keels I believe came stock with a cable not a 1/4 line, (How does the line go thru the hull???)
2) I would try & fix it! Use the old parts that you can't buy & buy new parts that match the old rusted ones, ie shop around
3)I lay the mast down AFT but built a collapsible crutch that sits in the cockpit drain holes & attaches to the transom on the table fitting. Make sure the sliding plate under the boom on the mast is all the way up close to where the boom attaches, and also make sure the side stays are not jammed up but pointing AFT.

What is the board and winch trick?? Post a link if you can.
12-14-2011 09:20 PM
PaulSims
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any idea how the stainless steel wire attaches to the swing keel it's on the trailer no way to see it .
is it treaded through the keel and then held on with cable clamps ?
does it have a loop crimped on and attached with a shackle ?

i am going to take the basic keel boat course in jan . so my boat wont be in the water before that , it's doubtful i will be getting in the water to look at it unless its a emergency .
Hey Ray, check out this page too. It's got some good pictures, and can probably show you want you want to see on the keel without having to pick it up, or get under it.

North American/Spirit 23' Sloop (sailboat) resource page

Glad to see this thread is up.

Paul
12-11-2011 10:37 AM
Southron Spirit any idea how the stainless steel wire attaches to the swing keel it's on the trailer no way to see it .
is it treaded through the keel and then held on with cable clamps ?
does it have a loop crimped on and attached with a shackle ?

i am going to take the basic keel boat course in jan . so my boat wont be in the water before that , it's doubtful i will be getting in the water to look at it unless its a emergency .
12-03-2011 10:54 PM
makenmend welcome,fairly new here myself, still some work to do before I can launch. On the winch,mine dosn't look at all special, I think a small regular boat winch would be more than adequate. Does your centre board raise/lower OK with the 1/4'' rope ? if so I would be inclined to replace it anually or go back to stainless wire.
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