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I have decided to keep my 26ft swing keel trailer sailor on the trailer at a marina with a private launch this year instead of at a dock. I will have to launch and recover it each time I go out but wont have to raise and lower the mast unless I want to take it to a different lake. Today I a purchased an electric boat wench to get her back on the trailer by remote control (got a good deal on the floor model). It's rated for 3000 pounds which I think is plenty for my boat. My question is how many people use their wench to raise and lower their mast. There is no system besides brute strength right now But I have been thinking up a system using the trailer wench attached to my forward stay. This would just make me even more mobile. I currently sail exclusively on lake Erie but would like to travel to the finger lakes, or lake Ontario. This would make it muck more possible if I can raise the mast by myself. Looking for any thoughts of suggestions.
 

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My trailer boat is designed to do exacally this. There is a bracket that slides under the mast and gets pinned into place, then the forestay is attached to the trailer winch via a angle adjustment bar that sticks out the front of the mast.

There are some good videos of it on you tube. Watch the linked vide to see what I am talking about, 10:23 has a good shot of the adjustment bar.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eqsbJn475_g&desktop_uri=/watch?v=eqsbJn475_g
 

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There are so many different systems out there that it is mind-boggling jsut trying to decide. Some use an A-frame and the trailer winch, others use a gin pole, a seperate lifting pole, along with the trailer winch or the halyard winch. Take a trip through youtube or google search and find a sytem you like.
 

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That's one hefty Wench. Can i borrow her?

All kidding aside; i think you are on the right track. You should rig an A-frame set up for back up. The places you plan on visiting most likely will have gin poles.

I picked up a 22' last month to do the same thing you plan on doing. I'd like to sail around the Finger Lakes too. America's best kept secret.

 

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You might want to put a limit switch on that power winch ? When you use a hand winch you can feel a problem. It takes time to raise the mast but you get to explore other places :)
Kind Regards. Lou
 

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I thought about mounting one permanently on the boat but then got to thinking about those times a shroud or stay got hung up on something while raising the mast. You would have no feel for a snag when using an electric winch. By the time you realize there is a problem something expensive has most likely torn loose.
 

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Glad I asked. I remember the last time we raised it something got caught. I just thought the guys I had helping were wimps and tried tugging harder. Didn't notice it until the mast started swinging sideways. So how do I add a limit switch. I bet if I'm watching it go up instead of adding the muscle to the operation I can watch a bit more carefully but a limit switch sounds like good practice.
 

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For my Catalina 25 with a furler. I use an A frame and the jib sheet winch to raise and lower. Attach the A frame to the forestay and line to winch through a pulley on the bow. Stern crutch is about 6 1/2 feet tall. Works well for me. I copied others with similar system. I always park on level ground into the wind and I normally can raise and lower solo.
 

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On my Seafarer 22 I install the boom while mast is down and use a line on each chainplate to the outhaul. Take the main halyard and attach to the traveler and use the winch on the mast to lift the mast up.

All sorts of ways to skin a cat, or a sloop for that matter.
 

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There are lots of ways to gain mechanical advantage when raising a mast. Search for "tabernacle" and you should find lots of good ideas.

And by the way, this is a wench...


This is a winch...
 

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Sooo....how much for the wench? Sorry, jsut couldn't contain myself!
 

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Very new to sailing myself and like you searched all over for the best "easiest" mast raising system. Lots and lots of video on youtube. I actually saw a guy using a winch to raise his mast using only the forstay and cable from winch attached to it. Said it worked great for him. Seems to me without some type of ginpole which is what I have one would put a lot of stress at the base of the mast. Hopefully those with much more experience and knowledge can weigh in on this. Agree with other that if you don't really pay attention using a mechanical wench you will tear something up before you know it.
 

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The A-frame or ginpole are used to get the stay away from the mast to provide a force vector that is perpendicular to the mast. This is why I had trouble raising the mast on my C22 when the furled sail was on the forestay. The stay would sag just enough that the angle at the top of the mast was reduced (thus no force perpendicular to mast). Without the sail on, I could raise the mast myself with a 4:1 tackle. I must say that raising the mast on a C22 was about as hairy as I would want to do. Not sure I would be comfortable raising the mast of a bigger boat (but I am a bit of a wimp).
 
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