Mast Stepping On A Sailboat




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Dave Freeman: You make it look so easy. I have to step my mast on a 18' yacht today.

KorsarNik: Looks great. There is something spiritual in the mast stepping, I always like it.

Mosby's men: how tall is your mast ? im looking at a way to do it on a spirit 23

Jackle61: I do it every year when winter rolls around. As long as you can anchor the base of the mast, and none of the sidestays get hooked on anything it goes surprisingly easy.

gilligan2112: :) Ain't gonna happen! :)

gilligan2112: Neptune 24

yacht199: thank you for this posting, much appreciated, i am anxious to try myself

teenbillybaby: Thanks for the video. More description is needed. Too bad you could not do a voice-over instead of music. Could you describe the pvc piece that you used (44 seconds --1:19")? How is that secured below deck while it holds up the mast? What is the second large piece that appears only briefly at 1:29--1"36? How is that used?

Alex B: Looks easy... but man, this music hurts my ears!

brantster581: Nice boat I'm 14 and just traded a dirtbike I bought several years ago for a 1974 Catalina 22 and using your method I got the mast up on my own in the yard for now just to see what was good and what wasn't and all seems to be good except most of the turnbuckles missing but temporarily for testing it all I've got some heavy wire running through the loops at the start of the bolts and it's holding for now

Tulsaguy123: Would luv to see how ya got to the water too....Catalina 25'er here.

gilligan2112: As long as you can lift the mast with control, IT CAN BE DONE! Now don't get me wrong, I have bent some t bolts, but West marine is right down the street.

Joeey: if you put a pulley on a tree you coul stay in the cabin while you stepped it

Mark Spruell: that's a great system for getting the mast up. Now how do you get it down safely?

killdac: that looks to easy...

mobyware: It does depend on the boat. My Tanzer 22 does not allow you to keep the shrouds attached or it will bend the chainplates when stepping the mast. Great video, very instructional!

thenickboarder: what boat is that?

barbedATU: THANK YOU! New sailor with an old sailboat here. I look forward to trying this with a little help for the first time.

Tallshipdreamer: Thanks!! I'm running out for some Pipe today!!! My 25 Footer is the first "big" boat I owned, and everyone told me what you just did,couldn't be done. Thanks for proving them wrong.- J

gilligan2112: TRUE, but if you doulble check for hang ups, IT'S ALL GOOD. To keep the swaying from side to side under control i keep the outer shrouds attached. ALL IS WELL!

willmeditateforfood: Thanks for the demo. I'm considering a Catalina 22 or 25, and was wrestling on whether getting a slip is worth the extra cost - that versus whether constantly having to step the mast if hauling in and out of the water onto a trailer to park it in my driveway. After seeing this vid, I don't see any major trauma in avoiding the slip fee. Thanks!

brantster581: And just so everyone knows a 1978 corvette pulls a Catalina 22 better than my dad's brand new ford pickup

Joeey: question: how do you unstep a pair of wooden masts on a 26' sharpie ketch?

mobyware: That's a great method if nothing goes wrong. If you slip or trip or something gets caught when the mast is half way up you'll rip your tabernacle off and cause serious damage, not to mention what would happen with to the mast when it fell and the thing it fell on (hopefully not you). Using your mainsheet tackle to a gin poll with some halyards as temporary stays prevents the posibility of the mast falling or going sideways and the mainsheet gives you one hand operation.

Joeey: the suspense!

rusty keller: The only thing I do different (maybe, not sure if you did or not), is as I push the mast to the verticle, I also have a small rope tied to the end of the forestay, and I pull that towards me as the mast goes up as a helping hand to hold the mast where it is. Then once it is vertical I can walk forward keeping the rope tight until I can get the forestay connected and the mast is secured. I also use that rope to help me lower the mast.. Good video. Thanks.

gilligan2112: it really is.

Nicholas chaput: i need to raise my mast on a 1968 26' islander. they told me i needed three or four people to do it. the water is never calm, or choppy. and every time i have help they bug out and say it too windy. any specs? or ideas

lightlyone: Looks like a Hunter, between 24 and 26 maybe.

nezpercenathan: When I used to have a trailerable boat (South Coast 26), I pinned the foot of the mast, then rigged a line from the forestay through a block at stem fitting. I then went back to the roosterpit with that line in my hand, shouldered the mast, and started pulling on the line. It was no problem at all to step the relatively light mast. I think if I had used a crutch like you did in the video, I could have run the line back to a winch, which I might need to do now, being a lot older than I was then.
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