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Mast raising gin pole

Discussion in 'Smaller Boats' started by stackwalker, Apr 8, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. justsomeguy


    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,181 posts, 740 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    On my system, that would be me. :wink:

  2. Submarine


    Joined Jul 5, 2017
    48 posts, 5 likes
    Hunter 25.5
    US Arizona
    I reworked the pole a bit, shortening the pigtail so the pulley was closer to the top of the 2x4. The winch worked beautifully, and k really like being positioned next to the pole so I can see anything hanging up and stop and adjust it. As expected, if the bridle is positioned correctly the pole didn't have much stress at all, which is why my skimmer pole worked fine until it twisted. Of course, if using a winch you need a stronger pole.

    The A frame worked fairly well although I need to rethink the sail track slider. The frame kept the mast very solid and aligned but my slider kept getting stuck in the track at an angle instead of sliding.

    I also will be using a small shackle to hook the winch into the bow as using just the hook meant it was in the way when I went to attach the furler/forestay.

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