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Subject: TS240 mast - weight and ease of stepping

Henry and Mary Brown
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Date Posted: 8/08/04 17:44:40

We've just bought a 240 and sad to report we have had a disaster with our first attempt at raising the mast …
We are worried that the mast is actually too heavy – it’s a replacement. It's a Z spars mast we think - weight 2.3kg per metre.
Does anyone know what the original 240 mast weighs?

First we couldn’t easily support the end of the mast when moving it back to put in the pin. When it rested on the crosstree the foot was too high for the base plate and pin and it could not easily be brought down to the base plate because the coach roof and gooseneck fitting were in the way. We managed to raise the end of the mast using the spinnaker pole and a rope pulley, but could only do so because by chance there was a raised bank behind the boat. Otherwise we couldn’t have lifted the end in order to locate the mast to put the pin through. Perhaps a vertical extension to the crosstree is an answer to this problem.

Having managed that, we then tried to raise it. We fitted the two small A frames to the toe rails on either side of the boat and attached halyards from the top of the mast. Big mistake here - didn't twist the split halyard to stop it running through. Ouch! The top of the A frames were in line with the mast step pin. We then fixed a strut to the base of the mast and stayed it to the two A frames with the forestay attached. Having fixed the back stays we then tried to raise the mast by a rope from the top of the stayed strut, through the bow roller and back to a foresail sheet winch. It was enormously heavy and we could only manage by using the winch (we’d been told by the vendor that it didn’t need eg block and tackle, and could be pulled up by hand.) When it was about half way up the rope staying the strut parted, the halyard ran through and the mast fell sideways wrenching the base of the mast out of its rivets. We can see various things we got wrong but the thing that most surprised us was the weight involved. Maybe we’re getting old.

Any comments and advice welcome - also about getting repairs done - although we'll be on to that tomorrow. These things always happen at 5pm on Friday ...
Many thanks

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Re: TS240 mast - weight and ease of steppingBrian Wright 8/08/04 19:53:07
Re: TS240 mast - weight and ease of steppingPaul Barber 9/08/04 11:05:13
Re: TS240 mast - weight and ease of steppingMary Brown10/08/04 16:25:42
Re: TS240 mast - weight and ease of steppingJonathan Dodd20/08/04 19:27:23

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