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post #11 of 14 Old 08-06-2014
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Re: Chattanooga, TN - I want to sail it, not sell it.

Welcome to sailnet smijer, especially from one Catalina 22 owner to another. I trailer my boat to different lakes and rig it everytime, usually takes me an hour or so to get everything set up and another hour to break down when done. Don't give up on your dream simply because you can't keep your boat in a slip, look at the alternative, you can keep your boat on the trailer, pull it where you want, explore a lot of new areas, weekend wherever you want, and work on your boat when you want not when you can get to her.

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Thank you for the encouragement, Catman! I have only unstepped the mast once, and it was maybe a three-four hour job with the help of my dad. I have never stepped it. Currently, I have it completely off the boat (because I hope to paint before I sail again). The biggest obstacles were ignorance and very difficult turnbuckles (I've also been looking for some economical choices for newer and better turnbuckles). I cannot imagine doing the process in an hour, especially solo. I hear it gets easier with experience, but I don't feel very confident. I posted a help thread in general discussion about dry-sailing from a rampside storage location (following the advice of others who have offered that suggestion). I am not going to give up - at least not easily. I appreciate the help everyone has offered me!

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Re: Chattanooga, TN - I want to sail it, not sell it.

Trailer sailing is a strong motivator to find a wet slip. However, if finances don't allow, you can trailer sail.

The first few times launching/retrieving are painful, but 30 mins is reasonable from ramp to sailing.

Depending on your physical strength, you can raise/lower mast by yourself. I did it last weekend on the water to pass under bridges. If not, there are winch assisted designs that make it painless.

Keep sailing, that's what it is all about. Ultimately, trailer sailing is a small test of will.
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Re: Chattanooga, TN - I want to sail it, not sell it.

I just came back to this thread. You don't have to remove the rigging to unstep the mast as long as you have the appropriate cradling on your trailer for it. Removing the mast, yeah, you do have to do it then, LOL.
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