Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Rivals, Kentucky
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Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...
I bet that scared the s+_t out of you. Boat name became too relevant for a moment. (: From what we can see in the photos, it looks like you got lucky on structural damage, and not getting hurt.
Looks like you are in a protected marina....You could always raise the main at the dock and make sure everything is functioning properly. Mast of your size commonly have pre-bend or built in rake to promote weather helm, which is to say they are intentionally slightly curved aft. I don't know that Rangers are pre bent, but keep it in mind before you look up the mast and get nervous thinking the mast is bent. Improper shroud tension will easily bend a mast side to side of that size too. If your mast were damaged slightly, you might notice it by seeing a widening in the slot.
If needed, Google or YouTube Mast stepping and you will find some info/videos on raising and lowering mast on boats similar in size to Ranger 22. I have a Cal 22 (a pretty similar boat) and I like to have two able bodied guys to handle the weight and another set of hands. A mast crutch and an A-frame would be nice. I just built one for this season. It's not that the mast is all that heavy, it just awkward and shrouds almost always catch on something. Two strong guys and and an extra pair of hands to to run around and fix snags and work the pins really helps. I don't have to detach my shrouds, but I do loosen them considerably. In fact, in my situation, I feel better about having the shrouds attached to help keep the mast as straight as possible once the forestay is detached. You can probably find a couple of guys around the marina that have lowered a mast of your size before. It's a pretty common chore on boats of this size. Once you have everything ready to go, the muscle work and actual lowering of the mast won't take more than about five minutes. From the photo, it looks like you could run a line around the dock post (off the next boat ups bow) and back to TZ to assist with the weight.
As mentioned in an earlier reply, you really want to make sure the motor didn't get water in it...and after checking your location I see that would be salt water. It might run, but if it has salt water in it, it's going ruin the motor.