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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)