Thanks Stephen - you make it sound so easy! I'm less intimidated by
the project now.
--- In email@example.com
, "Stephen Haughn"
> Hi Mel
> I unstepped this June for the first time and it really isn't too hard.
> You must have the mast supported by the lifting device (mobile crane,
> yard crane, etc.). I used a 3/4 inch piece of samson braid about 4
> feet long with a bowline at each end but I'm sure the line doesn't need
> to be that thick. Once the weight of the mast is being held by the
> crane, all you have to do is start taking the rings off the forestay,
> shrouds and backstay. As you're about to let the last stay off, have a
> helper ready to control the mast as it will probably take off sideways
> tocenter itself under the crane. All together, it was about a 20
> minute evolution, the hardest part being getting those darn rings apart
> so they'd untwist off the cotter pins. I've put a couple of pictures
> on my boat's photo page.
> Stephen Haughn
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "mel_martin_ca"
> <mel.martin@> wrote:
> > Ho folks,
> > When I haul out the boat this autumn, I want to unstep the mast. I've
> > never done this before, so I'd really appreciate any instructions,
> > advice or cautions you can give me.
> > thanks,
> > mel