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Single handed mast raising
After nearly 30 years of raising and lowering my RL 24 mast on my own without any special lifting gear, I decided to rethink safety issues. What I needed was a system that was relatively simple and quick to set up; would allow me to safely raise and lower the mast single-handed from the cockpit in most wind conditions without risk of it coming crashing down. So I have come up with a sliding collar that snaps onto the mast and is fitted with 2 stabiliser bars which, when combined with the traditional lifting pole, ensures that the mast goes up / down in a straight line by simply pulling a mast lifting rope.
Bob Smith6-Apr-2014    Edit    Delete 
More details in Tips and Modifications
This is a great safe system that Bob has devised, and he has provided detailed instructions for others who might be interested in duplicating his method. I'm sure this system could also be used with an RL28 provided all components were upgraded for the extra height and weight of the mast.

All details are in the Tips and Modification pages .
Keith Merkley8-Apr-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Single handed mast raising
Bob.
Congratulations. Although I cant decide whether this is a classical case of vertical, or Lateral thinking.
Which ever, it is a great idea and very well presented.

Rob Legg8-Apr-2014    Edit    Delete 
Video now available
A video from Bob is now available showing the system in use.
Keith Merkley10-Apr-2014    Edit    Delete 
[Untitled]
Says the video file is missing?
alister6-May-2014    Edit    Delete 
Re: Single handed mast raising
I had come to the conclusion that most mast raising methods way over complicate the processes. I just finished setting up my system. What makes it simple is the baby stays are hooked to a different location that is inline with the pivot at the base of the mast. This keeps the mast from swinging sideways. I had an old small boom that I use vertical to hold the lifting cable up. The guy wires to stabilize the pole go to the same pivot points. Everything is on quick carabiner, so the cables clip on quickly. I've only lifted it once, to prove it works. Its very easy to do without a lot of extra attachments.
Daveinet31-May-2014    Edit    Delete 

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