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Re: A-frame for unstepping mast
First of all, I saw your thread about the bulkhead and mast support problems. I am really sorry to hear that you are going through that. I also want to commend you for trying to repair the problem rather than trash the boat. The Continental 25's (AKA Walton 25, AKA Whitby 25- I suspect that your boat is actually a Walton 25 since George Walton was in Annapolis, and he was the driving force behind the masthead rig and doghouse) were really wonderful boats and it would be a shame to see one of these gems destroyed. The repair will be a PIA in that it will be time consuming to do, but it should be very doable and not all that expensive.
In terms of removing your mast, I seem to recall that you keep her on the Magothy. There should be any number of yards on the Magothy with small cranes or sheer legs who could pull your stick. (If not someone like Muller Marine in Eastport can do it quite cheaply, and they might be able to store the spar there as well.) It should be pretty inexpensive to do and a lot safer than trying to do it with sheer legs.
Plan B might be to find someone with a large gaff rigged boat and pull your mast with a block and tackle off of their gaff.
But if you are committed to dropping the mast yourself using the sheer legs route, you should be able to construct a simple sheer legs using all thread, a box of wood screws, four 2 x 6 x 16's which Home Depot says costs $10.00-$11.00 each. (you might do slightly better with 18 foot long legs which would require that you buy two 2 x 8 x 18's and two 2 x 6 x 16's) That is probably cheaper than trying to ship a sheer legs from where ever that one is located.
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Last edited by Jeff_H; 03-23-2016 at 10:03 AM.