Stepping mast single-handed
21/04/2018 at 8:38 am #14381
21/04/2018 at 11:36 am #14382
I know I have answered this question more than once in the past, and thought I had written an article about it, but I’m blowed if I can now find it.
If time permits it is possible that I may be able to reply properly this evening; if not then it will possibly be next weekend. From tomorrow I am booked to do a delivery trip/cruise, delivering an inexperienced friend’s yacht to his marina further along the coast, and making a cruise of it, and giving him some seatime and experience, so all being well I will be away sailing until Friday – but at the moment the weather forecast is looking very “iffy”, and final decision is lunchtime tomorrow.
Feel free to remind me towards the end of the week if I haven’t replied in the meantime.
22/04/2018 at 5:53 pm #14389
Thank you Oliver
24/04/2018 at 11:04 am #14419
A work in progress: I have now written an article on this, and the first draft is attached. (UPDATE timed at 1223: some minor editing now done, and file re-attached.)
This is very much a first draft, and it could do with the insertion of at least one diagram, and possibly with some tweaking of the text, but I hope that even as it currently stands it may be helpful to you.
You could be of assistance in the editing process, by constructive feedback on anything in the text which is not clear enough.
I will do some more on this article at my leisure, and will then get it put into the Members’ Library, but in the meantime I hope this is helpful.
- This reply was modified 5 months, 4 weeks ago by Oliver Shaw. Reason: Minor editing of attached file
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27/04/2018 at 5:37 pm #14466
Thanks Oliver. Clear and understandable instructions.
28/04/2018 at 3:31 pm #14475
Excellent document, and I use that method on my wooden Mk2.
One little addition to prepping the mast – before lifting the mast vertical, insert the burgee! Don’t be one of those in the boat park tipping the boat on it’s side just to add it later!
I like the boat to be a little “bow down” on the trolley, so that any windage tends just to bring it vertical, rather than on top of me. And when lowering into the boat I also find it easier to locate the foot before letting the mast back into the gate, which a “bow down” boat helps a bit. Before the shrouds and forestay are attached this makes it easy for mast to enter the gate. Then jump out and loosely attach forestay as you describe – (if forestay is too tight you won’t be able to attach shrouds in the right position) – several people use a bit of bungee in addition to the lanyard – this also stops the forestay going “too loose” once full rig tension is applied.
Finally I personally also make sure the twinning line is in position behind (i.e. forward) of the mast foot – not such a big deal to re-run it afterwards, but every little helps.
26/05/2018 at 3:14 pm #14733
I own a wooden Duffin series 2 GP14 and I’m about your age. I still like to do things on my own but I’m wary of pushing it.
I think the main worry is the risk of losing control of the mast when you are actually lifting it over the gunwale and onto the step, or back out again. I minimise that risk by attaching a stabilising line that runs from the top of the mast down to one of the fairleads for the mainsheet tails on the transom then forward into my hand. I ease the line through my hand while lifting or lowering the mast, leaning it slightly forward so that it’s supported by the line. I don’t find it a problem that one hand is holding both the line and the mast. The mast can swing from side to side across the boat but it won’t rock forward and back. This constrained movement makes the mast much easier to control than when it can fall in any direction.
On my boat it’s difficult to pull the mast forward into the gate slot so that you can open the gate bar. I use a block and tackle with one end tied by a cord to the mast near the gooseneck and the other end tied to the pin for the jib tack. The cords are tied on using slip knots so that they are easy to untie – they get pulled very tight.
- This reply was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by Oliver Shaw. Reason: Removal of formatting commands
26/05/2018 at 3:18 pm #14734
What’s with all the HTML in the post? I copied the text in via TextEdit on a Mac. What should I have done? Seamus
26/05/2018 at 7:59 pm #14746
Re posting on the forum – the html is about styling – best NOT to use applications that produce text styling.
On Windows, “Notepad” is ok as it does not format. For other apps, right click and then choose “paste as plain text” then that will be fine.
I have just tested TextEdit using a MacBook Pro (and Safari) – the quick answer is:
- It will NOT work properly just pasting with CMD-V – it will look ok until you save it, when the html is converted as your previous posts showed. (This is a security feature, as unrestricted HTML can be an issue)
- I think it may work if you choose the Text tab, then CMD-V to paste into the edit area (UNDER the rows of icons). Then click submit button. It should strip any HTML styling.
I kindly suggest any further tests are done under a new forum topic – results can then be summarised in one post and the thread removed.
26/05/2018 at 6:01 pm #14736
Thank you for that; some interesting ideas.
Re the HTML, or whatever the formatting commands are; it seems that this website doesn’t accept anything copied and pasted from other formats. And even just using the ENTER key to move to a new line is a formatting command.
My guess is that the formatting commands which this site uses, and recognises, are not those used by other programs; so if you format something in a different program it picks up the formatting commands but doesn’t recognise them and doesn’t know what to do with them – so it prints them as text. Less than ideal, but that seems to be the way things go!
The only solution I have found is to actually compose your posts within this forum pane.
I have edited your post to remove the formatting commands, and it now makes sense.
Hope this helps,
- This reply was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by Oliver Shaw.
26/05/2018 at 6:06 pm #14738
I remember a few years ago I had a similar problem, which we never fully resolved at the time, but Andrew Bray (I think) asked me how I had input my material, and whether I had used the Visual tab or the Text tab. (Top right of the typing pane)
I still haven’t experimented with that, but it might be worth trying to input pre-formatted material in the Text tab and see what happens. I will do a test post in a moment (and then delete it), and report back.
26/05/2018 at 6:09 pm #14739
I didn’t even get as far as inputting the test post.
Clicked on the Text tab, and got a set of coded fields which I didn’t understand.
Not the way to go, I think!
26/05/2018 at 8:29 pm #14748
I think the result indicates that the method doesn’t work!! (I have not edited it this time.)
Just type it straight into the typing pane on this forum.
Sometimes a minor pain, but at least it works.
27/06/2018 at 10:40 am #15172
I’m coming to this discussion late, as I just googled “stepping a GP14 mast”. 🙂
Many thanks for the description, Oliver, it will be very useful when we get that far. I downloaded both versions of the Word doc, and each one says in red letters on page 2 “Insert diagram”.
Was one ever produced?
27/06/2018 at 1:40 pm #15175
Sorry; diagram is still on the “TO DO” list!
Thanks for the reminder.
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