Mast Raising System--Gear & Tips

I studied the Mast Helper pictures and watched the homemade Texas video to figure out how best to make a mast raising rig. For the side control lines I used old braided nylon rope with old bronze snap shackles at the ends. The previous owner of my #5372 had attached an eyestrap underneath (not on top) the gunnel on each side and actually several inches forward of the maststep and not directly alongside (?). My poles are made from 1 1/4" pine closet rod 5 ft long with braided rope thru the crossed rod tops with bowline loops.
Letting the mast down was a cinch at the lake parking lot last week. But at home on the trailer in the yard beside the garage, I had a problem raising it back up. When raising the mast, it wanted to go sideways severely, so I relowered it and tightened more the sidepull rope on the opposite side of lean. I was able to get the mast up but had to twist the mast base by hand to get it lined up with the boat maststep. I figured the problem was my boat was not on level ground...checked with a bubble level....I was correct.
I think my side pull rope also stretches. So I was thinking I could rig each side pull with steel cable (instead of rope) with a thimble at each end nicropressed in an aluminum sleeve (Lowe's said they would press it for me). I could easily make each cable exactly the same length....but this material I would not be able to adjust like a rope sidepull with knots (?). I need to reposition the eyestraps backward to be directly beside the mast step for even tension during the entire raise or lower (constant triangle).
I saw one person at the Lake Norman Regatta 48 on Nov 1 who had the mast helper system and had to twist the mast at the end of raising to make the mast base line up with the mast step. His trailer I guess was also on not quite level ground.
Just wanted to start a discussion on mast raising gear and methods to get your ideas.

Here's how I do it:

And here's how not to do it:

"If the sea did wild or wicked things, it was because she could not help them." - Hemmingway

The first video is correct. I do not think that you need a lot of extra hardware. I would not agree that it is easy to do solo. Having an additional person at the bow, pulling on a line run from the eye for the spinnaker halyard, helps a lot. Two relatively non-athletic people can do it without too much drama. However, the person in the boat, walking the mast up, does need some minimum degree of strength. I am 63 and not overly athletic and do not have much difficulty. Jim Dinneen

Yes, I will say that it is not a job for everyone. I am 6'1" and fairly strong so for me it's cake but even I have had a few nervous moments when it swung sideways. It still amazes a friend that it can be done solo. A helper is better. Many lakes have people around who are happy to give a hand - they're only needed for about 45 seconds, really.

"If the sea did wild or wicked things, it was because she could not help them." - Hemingway

I recommend simply buying the Master Helper device from Flying Scot Racing. The Scot mast is not that hard to hoik up if you are reasonably fit, and in a flat parking lot with no crosswind. In other conditions, it can get trickier. I've never had problems using Master Helper, even when raising or lowering on a considerable incline or with strong X-winds.
-Richard Larson (5573)

I made my own master helper using the texas video instructions and the results have been wonderful. It has made it so easy to raise and lower the Scot mast with this device.

John Blanchard
Exeter, RI
Narrgansett Bay

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