Mast Stepping On A Sailboat

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Sean T: Small boat.....small mast....easy no matter what way you do it. I would like to see a system of any kind for a larger mast on something like an O'day 272. Any 25' or less sailboat could be handled by 1 person and no system.

Al Schmitt: I raise the mast on my Mac 22 Venture essentially the same way.  Why are all these other folks using Gin Poles?  Lots of work for nothing. Simplicity is the key to success. Thanks.

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

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

Brantley Boyd: 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

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

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.

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

Alexandru Barabas: Looks easy... but man, this music hurts my ears!

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?

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

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

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.

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!

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: it really is.

gilligan2112: Neptune 24

killdac: that looks to easy...

thenickboarder: what boat is that?
Mast stepping on a sailboat 5 out of 5

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