Mast raising pole
- I just wrote this to the macgregor list and decided to post here in
case anyone is interested specifically in an M19 home made pole. I'd
gotten some good reference when I first asked about buying one but
kept running into delays and finally ran out of patience and made my
own. Turned out to be about $15 in material - less actually since
some of it was laready cluttering my garage.
BTW, I forgot to mention below - I use an 8 inch tractor hitch pin to
secure the base of the mast raising pole.
Havencraft probably has them, though I got tired of waiting for them
to complete their move. I got references for other dealers but after
getting no answer finally made my own for my Mac 19. The 19 is
different from the 25 in that it has a longer stepping plate on top
of the cabin. The plate has a pair of holes for a bolt to hold the
mast raising pole on top of the cabin. The 25 requires a U shaped
bracket to straddle the mast.
Cut a 2X2 piece of wood so it reaches from the mast base to about
where your front end attachment point is. A 2x4 would work but is
ugly and harder to stow. Put a _solid_ eyebolt into the end of the
stick. I did not trust the eyebolts that were simply bent into a
circle. Got a solid galvenized one at a farm supply place. I also
picked up a very large gate hing, took out the retaining pin and
screwed 1/2 of the hing to my pole. That gave me a round tube at the
base to run a bold through to attach to the front of the stepping
plate. On a 25 you would need to use a pair of very sturdy metal
straps and butt the wood to the mast - look at horse corral gate
hardware as an option for straps depending on how thick the mast is.
The Jib halyard goes through the eye when the mast is down and the
raising pole is vertical. The block and tackle used to control the
mainsail also gets connected to the eye bolt. The other end gets
connected to the deck fitting - a metal strap on the deck but it
could be your forstay anchor. My mainsheet is just long enough to
work but with the arrangement extended all the way only a foot or so
extneds past the blocks so I need to tie on an extension if I don't
stand at the frong of the boat by the blocks. I skip the extension
if I have a helper. Otherwise you need to walk with the mast as it
goes up, or down, in case there is significant sway despite the side
stays. I keep in position as if you were raising the mast without
the raising pole and am ready to grab it and direct it down if things
let go. As I get older or wiser I will probably just stand out of
My side stays are simply nylon rope - what I use for docking lines.
My boat came with two fairleads in line with the mast swivle point.
I tie the ropes to the faireleads and then cleat off on the mast.
The one problem with this is the rope has plenty of strech in the
bowline loop. I just realized I should run the lines from the mast
through the faireleads to my jib cleats to make tightness adjustment
"Fred" M19 - MACP02921293
" When I grow up I'll be a Mac 26? "