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Mast Raising Technique
Does anyone have a favorite mast raising system for a RL 24 that works without mast side sway problems. Thanks for your suggestions...
Bob Neiman8-Sep-2002    Edit    Delete 
mast
I leave the side stays attached at all times. When it comes time to raise the mast I have one person at the very back of the cockpit, standing with one foot on each cockpit seat. I usually stand on the deck about two foot aft of the step.

The person in the cockpit starts the lift and I take over at about 20 degrees. Once it is upright I keep forward pressure on it, while the crewmember goes forward to attach the forestay.

I have never really had a "sway" problem though. Unless, trying to raise it after the boat has been launched.

DP

dave parker10-Sep-2002    Edit    Delete 
Easy mast raising for RL24 (also RL28)
Untill you raise the mast of a RL28 don't complain about a RL24.On both of mine I attatch a length of low stretch "Spectra" rope to the forestay,which in turn follows around the bow roller,and then via a combined side by side roller/cleat system(either Ronstan or Riley)mounted just back from the bow roller,to my right hand standing on the deck/cabin top,behind the mast pivot point.On my 28 I have a 5ft length of 25mm Galv conduit which slips,vertically(at right angles), into a fitting mounted on the horizontal mast,(about 5ft from the pivot point)which supports the forestay up in the air to help the lifting angle in the early stages.Although not rigid, the sidestays( 2sets on the 24 & 3sets on my 28)do prevent the mast from swaying too far to either side.I manually push up the mast single handed on both yachts(I'm 52yo and 100kgs with a beer gut)the 28 is a struggle but the 24 is dead easy by comparrison.I do not use the winches at all only the roller/cleat at the bow to cleat off the "Spectra" low stretch rope attatched to the forestay,should I need a rest or if the backstays or sidestays become entangled on the way up.The cleat allows me to fix the forestay while I walk forward to join the forestay to the tensioning overcentre bracket at the bow.the roller on the same axle as the cleat allows me to lower the mast by flicking the rope to the port side out of the cleat onto the roller.As this fitting is relatively small I also use the larger bow roller in line in addition for safety.
Neil Ensor12-Sep-2002    Edit    Delete 
mast raising
I have worked out a system for mast raising single handed; it's not easy but it works for me. Firstly, I never disconnect the shrouds. Second, I connect both the jib and spinnaker halyard snap shackles to a saddle on the bow just forrard of where the forestay connects. I have a roller on the mast crutch which enables the mast to be rolled back until the base of the mast can be united with the mast step. If you slide the hatch cover back, you can straddle the mast and lift it up. There is a point at which you have to change from lift to push but that's the only mildly tricky bit. Once the mast is up, it's just a matter of grabbing either halyard and using it (remember, it's connected at the bow) to hold the mast up. Whilst holding one halyard to keep the mast upright, tighten the other halyard using the jib sheet winch and then cleat it off. Get serious about it and apply a bit of pressure. Repeat the procedure with the other halyard so that both are pulling the mast forwards. Connecting the forestay and tightening up the turnbuckle is then a doddle.

It works for me.

Mike

Mike Hart12-Sep-2002    Edit    Delete 

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