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Re: Mast tabernacle project

this has been very illuminating exchange, thank you , one and all
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Re: Mast tabernacle project

Busy, busy, having fun.

I am back on track with this and am determined to raise the mast in the spring A-La my new tabernacle. I will keep posts on this thread. My boat is stored in a yard that shares space with Nautilus Marine a marine metal fabricator. Those guys are keen to see it come to pass and have offered to come over and hand carry my mast to their shop door to weld on the cheeks and the compression tube. I have the full size models made of both the mast's base and the tabernacle. Ha! This year the boom truck was $175.00 each way. Enough! This will be my first winter staying in Maine all winter in decades and I am looking forward to getting a few things done. This is one of them.

Last March's pic. Filthy after a winter on gravel.


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Re: Mast tabernacle project

Watching with interest - I'm thinking of converting my 78 Hunter 30 this winter (I need new shrouds, a deck repair, and some work on the kingpost anyway, so the incremental cost is pretty low).

Lowering aft would be attractive if I could figure out a safety line in case something goes south (or lower when I am out of cockpit using a remote)

But I think I will try to lower forward (almost all boats in local harbor rigged that way) and suspend a crutch+padded base from spinny-track [or maybe higher] which simplifies the crutch problem and also provides some failsafe if the winch snaps. Mast might still snap, but boat deck maybe survives...

Is there any type of rope clutch that will feed a line slow but locks if it tries to go fast? That would be a good option for a safety line as well. (or just use primary winch to pay out safety line..?)

BTW I have quite a library of pics on how other boats are rigged. I will see if I can figure out how to post here. (see example bridle below)
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