quote:[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).
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quote:[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.
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