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I have to take the mast down on my Columbia 22 (I am a new boat owner). I have lots of experience with the mast on a Hobbie cat but this is a completly different animal. How do I take this mast down? Can you recomend any recources? I am determined to do all the repairs on this boat myself so that I can learn as much as possible. Thank-you for your time.

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Your system looks great but your mast base looks different. On my boat the mast looks as if it attached directly to the deck; there is no pivot point for the mast. So my question is very simple: How do I detach the base of the mast so that the mast will lower? I can rope it down so that it does not swingout when the mast is coming down.

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Is there a hinge on your mast base?
 

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Pjboots-

It would help a lot if you could post a photo of the mast base. :) I would highly recommend you get an account on a photo sharing website, like flickr.com and then post the photos there, and link to them here.
 

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Is there a hinge on your mast base?

PJ,

TB brings up a really good question. If your mast base has an external hinge it'll be a straight forward process. If it doesn't, like yours sounds, it will most likely have a hook and slot. The base on deck will have a hook fitting up into a slot in the bottom of the mast. If this is the case you need to make sure you know which way the mast comes down. Top to bow or top to stern. Mine lowers with the masthead tilting back toward the stern. If you guess wrong you'll break it before you know it. MAKE SURE you know before you do it. Google around. Also have help the first time. It's a lot heavier than it looks.
 

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Hey, PJ -- The flange your mast rests on extends only about one inch into the bottom of the mast. When I took mine down I put a heavy-duty mat/towel on the cabin top to protect it. With the stays loosened you can lift the mast straight off the flange, then the may will protect the boat as it "hinges" forward or aft. Be sure to disconnect the mast light wiring before you start taking it down too far, or it'll probably snap loose at some point. Make sense? Once it's loose you can follow Kenny's procedure (smarter) or my "muscle it" procedure (quicker) that we described back on the Columbia 22 list. Just go to "messages" and search the word "mast." Have fun and let us know how it goes. It's only scary the first time. :) -Bob, C-22 #319 "First Draft"
 

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Thanks bayviewbob. That was the information I was looking for! I am taking it down this weekend with three friends (big friends!). I will let you know haw it goes on the columbia forum, I will also post it here.

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pj,

It shouldn't be to difficult, the mast on a 22' sailboat generally isn't that heavy. You and your 2 freinds should be able to lower it easily.

Are you going to take it completely off the boat? If not, you need to have some sort of spot to rest the mast once you lower it, dont forget.

Since you said you will be repairing the boat yourself I take it that you are going to put alot into this sailboat. One thing I would recommend is a hinged mast base or some sort of a base that would make this easier if you ever want to lower the mast again. It could also help when the time comes that you raise the mast back up.

Check out these mast stepping videos at my website, they show you a few different ways people step and un-step their own masts.

Also, I see you said that you plan to do the repairs to the boat yourself, well go check out the sailboat projects section at my website, I bet you will find it useful.

Good luck with your boat!
 

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You have a really nice website Trip! Thanks for the invitation.

I love the music in the mast raising videos! Do you know who it is?

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Thanks Bob, its new and I think its coming along pretty well.

The first few videos I don't know what music that is, but on the first video about the Catalina 25 that is Barefoot Man I belive. Im nto sure about the other videos, not to good with instrumental music.
 

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I took down the 35 foot, 100 lb mast on my Etap 26 a few weeks ago, by myself. I made an A frame from two 2x4s joined at the top by a large T hinge, about $20 total. I stood it on the bow of the boat, tied the bottom ends of the 2x4s to the toe rail. I used a 5/8" dock line from a shackle on the stem fitting where the jib attaches to a shackle in a bolt hole on the T hinge. That line takes all the load. I used two ratchet straps to pull the A frame aft slightly, making a tripod of lines keeping it solidly in place. I then used my whisker pole to hook a line over the spreaders. I attached my mainsheet to the bolt hole on the side facing the mast, using a shackle. Then I hooked it to the line over the spreaders. I disconnected the stays and pushed the mast over towards the stern. I just payed out the mainsheet until the mast was resting on a pair of crossed 2x4s at the stern. I then hooked the mainsheet to the mast directly under the A-frame, lifted the mast, and walked the mast forward until it would sit on the bow pulpit. The boat was in the water!
 
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