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Stepping the mast on O'Day 26

What is the best way for stepping and unstepping the mast on the O'Day 26? I damaged the main halyard and have never had the mast down.
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Just went through this a couple of weeks ago, is your boat in the water or on a trailer, do you have access to a "mast hoist" at your marina?
Mine was on the trailer, had access to a hoist, loosened the stays, pulled the front pin on the mast step, un-hooked the front stay, and very slowly dropped the mast back. One word of caution, when laying your mast back, towards the bottom of mine there is a ring/hook, if you lower to far with the back pin in, it will put a lot of pressure on your cabin top. So if you are going to lay the mast all the way down, bring it down as far as you can, without the ring hitting the cabin top, and then pull the back pin, and allow the mast to swing froward while supported by the hoist.
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I have an O'Day 25. Close enough. This is the suckiest job to do on this boat. I have a ladder and use two guys to guide the mast onto the ladder. One to hold the ladder at the stern, one to guide the mast. Then when its supported by the ladder, move the mast base forward as in the other post. I attach the forestay to a dock line which is hooked to my truck to lower the mast. After it has gone through the 45" point it can move quickly, so make sure your helpers are ready to move also. I do this on the trailer.
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Stepping Mast on O'Day 26

I trailer my O-26 many times per year from my marina to the Great Lakes, etc. To raise and lower the mast, I made an eight foot tounge extension for the trailer and on top of it near the ball receiver I mounted a 3" flat bow roller. I had two large squared U-bolts made so that the extension will clamp to the front winch post of the trailer. To lower, I use my boom vang to hold the mast in place while I unhook the forestay and put a large ring in the forestay clevis. Then I use my trailer winch and pass the belt over the roller and connect it to the ring on the forestay. My wife turns the winch handle and the mast is slowly guided down and the boom vang is released as needed for safety. It takes about 20 minutes extra this way, but I don't hurt my back and can raise and lower the mast anywhere with just the two of us.
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