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johnnyd
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Initially Posted - 04/16/2018 :  11:15:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Any tips for stepping the mast for the first time? It is currently under a tarp but I need to get the mast up to replace the rubber hatch gasket. Any tips or links would be helpful. Thanks!!!

odonnellryanc
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Response Posted - 04/16/2018 :  14:23:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There are a few videos, but my personal tips:

- if you're doing it without equipment, get a buddy... or two. Two is better.
- take it SLOW. If you feel something is going wrong, set the mast back down.
- Watch out for your turnbuckles: it is very easy to bend your hardware if something gets kinked
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Davy J
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Response Posted - 04/16/2018 :  16:14:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Any tips for stepping the mast for the first time?

Will you need to raise/lower the mast often, or just once/or a couple times a year?



Davy J


2005 Gemini 105Mc
PO 1987 C25 #5509 SR/SK
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johnnyd
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Response Posted - 04/16/2018 :  16:20:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fairly often right now. Down the road maybe not as often. Its sitting on a trailer in a boat yard. I've seen people make rising and lowering systems. Just not sure how complicated these are to make. I recently bought an outboard motor and want to test it out this weekend.
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Good Times
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Response Posted - 04/16/2018 :  20:27:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
why not just take the mast off the boat while you do the gasket repairs or test run the engine; 4 pins from the aft lowers and the uppers is all it takes. then you have more time to investigate the mast raising systems. I prefer an A-frame set up; once attached and practiced you can raise and lower your mast without a problems; laying out all the shrouds and the back stay so they don't catch on anything is key.

Andy Kohler

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Voyager
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Response Posted - 04/17/2018 :  05:32:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you have a jib furler? This adds a slight complication because the shaft needs rigid support while youíre moving the mast around. I used a 1x3 10 foot board to support the furler and tie it to the mast.
If you donít have a furler itís a lot simpler.

Bruce Ross
Passage ~ SR-FK ~ C25 #5032

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sethp001
Mainsheet C-25 Tech Editor

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Response Posted - 04/17/2018 :  21:11:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You might like this:

http://www.catalina-capri-25s.org/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30694



Seth
"Outlier" 1987 Catalina 25 SR/SK/Traditional Interior #5541
"Zoo" 1977 Morgan Out Island 30
"Nomad" 1980 Prindle 16
"Lost" 1988 Catalina Capri 14.2
"Marine Tex 1" Unknown Origin POS 8' Fiberglass Dinghy
http://whichsailboat.com/2015/08/22/catalina-22-review/

Edited by - sethp001 on 04/17/2018 21:11:56
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