DaySailer mast install question

Discussion in 'Sailing Talk' started by Alden, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Alden

    Alden Caprecious

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    I am 66 yrs old and am looking to buy a daysailer. It will have to be trailered as I do not live on the water. My main concern is being able to install the mast by myself. Any advice?
     
  2. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    There's a lot of info (try the forums) on the class website:

    www.daysailer.org/

    :) The Sunfish and Laser might be alternatives, but hey, we are brainwashed on sailingforums.com.
     
  3. iahawk

    iahawk New Member

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    I have an American Fiberglass 16 daysailer. I can raise the mast quite easily by myself. The problem I encounter is getting the forestay attached at the bow without having the mast fall. What I do is attach a rope to the forestay shackle, run that around the roller on the trailer's mast support, then pull that taut once the mast is up. I secure it against the base of the mast until I can get down and around to the bow, then secure the shackle properly and I'm set to go.
     
  4. Merrimac

    Merrimac Member

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    You might do well with a Puffer, Pennant, or other small dinghy/daysailor.
    It also depends on how many people in the boat.
    M
     
  5. TygerTung

    TygerTung New Member

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    What I have done now is dispensed with a shackle for the forstay and just lash it on. Much easier and I can get it a lot tighter.
     
  6. douga7002

    douga7002 New Member

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    check out youtube videos
     

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