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Rebel.g
Apr-26-2005 @ 7:31 PM                           Permalink
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Hi,

I'll soon be joining you all on the Broads sailing my 18' Foxcub yacht. But, she'll need fitting out with a mechanism for raising and lowering the mast, has anyone any suggestions?

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Reb

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Apr-26-2005 @ 11:21 PM                           Permalink
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I had this problem with my previous boat. I solved it by fitting an A-frame. This device is very commonly used by Broads boats and it works quite well. I made mine from two aluminium poles joined at the top with two flat steel strips joined to the poles with U-bolts.
I fitted a simple pulley system which gave some additional mechanical advantage when raising the mast.
The mast was then lowered and raised by connecting the bottom of the forestay to the A-frame and pulling the rope through the pulleys. As the mast lowers, the end of the A-frame goes up and maintains a triangle of ropes allowing you to easily raise or lower the mast.
Have a look at any yacht adapted for the Broads and you will see this arrangement.

I hope this helps. I can probably find a photograph if you need it.

Nigel
Ludham

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Before my prelude, I had a Seahawk 17.  I had no mast lowering mechanism but did find that I needed a tabernacle to stop the mast swinging sideways as I lowered it.  I was able to unshackle the forestay and lower the mast by the forestay.  I would have thought that a Foxcub would have a similar size mast.

Simon

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Hi Reb,

There was an interesting discussion on this here a couple of months ago, you can click http://www.the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=22&Topic=644&keywords=mast%20lowering to view it.


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