Mast helper

I am considering the purchase of a Mast Helper used to assist in stepping and lowering the mast. I would love to hear and pros or cons on this product. Thanks

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We bought MasterHelper with our Scot & always use it for mast ra

We bought MasterHelper with our Scot & always use it for mast raising & lowering. The main advantage: it allows both processes to be done in a slow controlled way by virtually anyone. The lake where we sail in summer has a public boat ramp; the area around it for stepping the mast is steeply inclined. This would make manual raising & lowering very tricky; but with MH it's easy. Likewise we have had occasion to be lowering/raising with a strong crosswind. Again, MH makes this easy & safe. I regard it as an excellent investment.

I just bought a Flying Scot and raised the rig today using a Mas

I just bought a Flying Scot and raised the rig today using a Master Helper. It takes a few minutes to hook up, but sure made the mast raising job easy and uneventful. The mast was very stable and you could raise it as slow as you want, watching for any rigging to snag on something. Definitely a one person job with little muscle required..

Friend of mine made his own, and while I've never used one my wi

Friend of mine made his own, and while I've never used one my wife Alison wanted to be able to raise the mast by herself, so I made one too. She's 56 and 120 pounds and she said it was easy as pie to raise and lower the mast all by herself. Here's a video we made of the setup, http://www.sailingtexas.com/Movies/FlyingScotMast/mastsystem.html The only disadvantage to a mast raising system is that it takes about 10 times as long to step the mast. If we don't use it, we can step the mast and launch the boat 10 minutes after we arrive at the boat ramp (yes, I timed us once). David Love the Flying Scot www.sailingtexas.com

Thank your for your response .

Thank your for your response .... I raised the mast successfully last Sunday using the mast helper .... your movie with your wife was very helpful.
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[i]Originally posted by Luckenbach[/i] [br]Friend of mine made his own, and while I've never used one my wife Alison wanted to be able to raise the mast by herself, so I made one too. She's 56 and 120 pounds and she said it was easy as pie to raise and lower the mast all by herself. Here's a video we made of the setup, http://www.sailingtexas.com/Movies/FlyingScotMast/mastsystem.html The only disadvantage to a mast raising system is that it takes about 10 times as long to step the mast. If we don't use it, we can step the mast and launch the boat 10 minutes after we arrive at the boat ramp (yes, I timed us once). David Love the Flying Scot www.sailingtexas.com

Thank you for your response .

Thank you for your response ... I did purchase the Mast Helper and stepped my mast successfully this past Sunday. The sellers of the helper would do themselves and users justice with a bit more detail and a few pictures with the insturction sheet. This will be a great tool when stepping and lowering the mast.
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[i]Originally posted by rlarson[/i] [br]We bought MasterHelper with our Scot & always use it for mast raising & lowering. The main advantage: it allows both processes to be done in a slow controlled way by virtually anyone. The lake where we sail in summer has a public boat ramp; the area around it for stepping the mast is steeply inclined. This would make manual raising & lowering very tricky; but with MH it's easy. Likewise we have had occasion to be lowering/raising with a strong crosswind. Again, MH makes this easy & safe. I regard it as an excellent investment.