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Subject: Re: Mast Lowering for Transportation

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Date Posted: 23:38:52 12/08/2006 Sat
In reply to: John 's message, "Mast Lowering for Transportation" on 20:26:09 04/08/2006 Fri

>I am currently a new owner of a Seamaster 23S (23ft
>Sailing boat) and need to transport her to her new
>berth by road.
>The haulage company being used has told me that I must
>dismantle the mast and wondered if anyone on the board
>has done this before and could pass on any helpful
>tips and tricks on what needs to be done ?
>Any help appreciated !
>All the best,

You will need to lower the mast which is not too difficult if you can get 4-5 helpers!
I first disconnet the wiring, remove the boom, and tie all sheets onto the mast.
Then remove the cap shrouds, and loosen all the other turnbuckles.
Decide which way the mast will come down and attach a rope extension to either the fore or backstay appropriately.
Get some of your helpers to take the slack and then remove one of the mast heel bolts (again appropriate for the direction the mast is coming down)
Then remove the 4 lowers.
The helpers need to slowly start to lower the mast. the other helpers need to support the mast on its way down when they can reach it, resting it on the pushpit/pulpit.
Now remove the remaining bolt from the mast heel and remove the mast from the heel.
For transit, I put a wooden block across the pulpit and tied the mast down. the middle and spreaders were supported and tied down too.
It is not that difficult, but like most things in life, the first time is the most difficult
Good Luck

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