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Mast Pulpit on a 34

As part of our refit, we ordered a set of mast pulpits from PS. They are three legged, with a teak crossbar - massive, sturdy, and gorgeous, just one would expect. However...

The third leg on these is placed in such a way that would appear to interfere with the sheeting angle of the staysail sheets. In actuality, I'm reasonably confident it won't; the staysail is typically quite high cut and I'm fairly sure the sheeting angle is quite steep. The admiral is not so sure.

To add to this quandary, I have not been able to find one single photograph or video of a 34 out there with this three legged configuration, aside from one, and that 34 is at a dock. The vast majority of boats I've found with the pulpits have the inverted U shape, with the same teak crossbar, but with bracing legs coming off at each base to provide lateral support. See the photo below.

http://www.cruisersforum.com/gallery...imageuser=2162

The third leg is placed in the middle of the top of the inverted U, and is bolted to the deck between the handrail and the dorade box. Anyone have the three legged variety on a 34 or 37?

P.S. Apologies if I put a forum member's boat pic up without permission - I found it on the Cruiser's Forum board. I'll remove the link if needed.
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Re: Mast Pulpit on a 34

Hello Bill,

I have not posted before so I am not clear on the proper technique. I wanted to tell you that PSC mounted new mast pulpits on my 34 last winter. They are rugged and very we'll made and the do not obstruct the staysail sheets. I have a picture of the staysail up and under sail that shows the relationship. Unfortunately I have not been able to load the photo. Is emailing the photo directly to you an option?

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Re: Mast Pulpit on a 34

Greetings all, here is a photo of the mast pulpits on our 1987, #68, Crealock 34. We have not had any problems with the staysail sheets.

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Re: Mast Pulpit on a 34

Jim, post a few more times (I thin you need at least 10 posts for a pic) and then it should work. Or upload the pic to PhotoBucket or another sharing site and then post the link here.
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Re: Mast Pulpit on a 34

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Greetings all, here is a photo of the mast pulpits on our 1987, #68, Crealock 34. We have not had any problems with the staysail sheets.

Hank
Hank -

Those are the pulpits we've seen on all the other 34's and 37's. The ones we have are built with a third post coming off the center of the top tube, which bolts between the dorade box and the handrail. Its this leg that's causing us concern.

Jim, PM sent with email info - thanks!
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Re: Mast Pulpit on a 34

Here's a shot of the pulpits lying in the V-berth. It's that third leg - the one sticking up with the oblong mounting base - that has us concerned.

EDIT: Never mind - the pic was GINORMOUS!

If anyone wants to see it, let me know. I'll shoot some better pics today.
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Mast Pulpit on a 34

My Annie, a 37, got her three-legged mast pulpits a couple of years ago. Factory supplied; self installed. No conflict with stays'l sheets at all. I opted to do without the teak crossbar simply to keep things simple. Huge improvement in every respect. Even on a 37, the 4-legged version would have been just too big visually and no better functionally.
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My Annie, a 37, got her three-legged mast pulpits a couple of years ago. Factory supplied; self installed. No conflict with stays'l sheets at all. I opted to do without the teak crossbar simply to keep things simple. Huge improvement in every respect. Even on a 37, the 4-legged version would have been just too big visually and no better functionally.
Thanks for the information.

No new pictures to share; the weather here went downhill again with the passing of yet another deep cold front. (THIS surely will be the last one for this winter!) Lots of wind and rain and temps into the low 30's. Still, I think we're good. Lots of questions asked and answered here, and much help by the good folks on the forum.
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Re: Mast Pulpit on a 34

Never having sailed with Mast Pulpits, what are the reasons I should or should not consider them?
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Re: Mast Pulpit on a 34

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Never having sailed with Mast Pulpits, what are the reasons I should or should not consider them?
Al,

There are two primary reasons why we're putting them on Jo Beth:

1. Safety. They give us a strong point to lean against when working at the mast. Our control lines aren't led aft, so whenever we're raising/lowering the main or staysail, reefing, making outhaul adjustments, etc., one of us is at the mast. The pulpits will supplement clipping in.

2. We're short. Those who are not vertically challenged don't have to deal with this, but with both of us standing under 5'5", it's tough for us to scramble on and off the coachroof at times. The pulpits give us a solid handhold for stepping up onto and down off of the cabin top.

Another benefit is they give us a place to stow halyards and other lines and create alternative lashing points for...whatever may need a good lashing.

They also serve as line guards to protect the dorade cowls from flailing sheets. We're adding dorade boxes and heavy cast bronze vents as part of the refit. More than once, we had to chase down the plastic Vetus cowls when flailing genoa or yankee sheets sent them into the air.

I'm sure others can add their own reasons for having them, but for us, that's the gist of it.
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