I have a C&C 27 Mk 1 with 33-foot mast, deck stepped. Our club is self-help, so we have to pull our own rigs. We only recently started offering the option of leaving the rig up for the winter for an additional charge. (It complicates the launch and haul with the rental crane. On the other hand, some commercial marinas are charging big bucks for use of the mast crane now.) With the deck step, I don't find pulling or installing the rig a big deal, and it allows me to make a careful off-season inspection of fittings and rigging. If you have expensive masthead instruments, you have to be on your toes. Not having the rig in also simplifies the tarping process. Some people use the rig as the backbone of their tarp, but I store mine in a mast rack. Laid out horizontally at waist level, I can go over every nook and cranny.Looking for opinions re: leaving mast up or down, loosen or leave tight the turnbuckles, remove boom or not? I have a catalina 28 mk II. Many thanks
Boy, hate to say this, but my all-up costs for my C&C 27 at my sailing club (dock with electricity, all the pumpouts I want, free use of mast crane, spring launch, faul haulout and winter storage, plus membership) is about $1500. Canadian. And we're not a shabby operation, although we are self-help. (Okay, the sailing season is short.) Commercial marinas have been getting pricier and pricier. A local marina customer told me his head exploded when his marina decided they could charge $500 for using the mast crane. They don't allow DIY anymore.I have the same basic question. Still in the process of picking a marina for winter storage and 2 of the 3 under consideration allow mast-up storage. Pulling the stick adds to the cost of storage by about $500 at one place and almost $1K at the other. That is enough money to make me think about leaving it up. FWIW, the stick was out last winter (the first I owned the boat) while major work was done on the boat, but this winter is a different story. Also, I checked with my insurance company (Boat US) and they don't care one way or the other.
So what are people's thoughts on this?