Mast support for trailering

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When I first trailered my sailboat home, it had the original mast support system for the Shorelander trailer. I only go five miles to our marina to launch my boat, but still as you can see in the first picture, it is not very secure. So during these past winter months, I made these mounts for the mast from wood and also used a couple of bow stops to hold the mast. Flat bungee cords are used to secure the mast and the boom can be secured to the mast for trailering with the same type of flat bungee cords.
 

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Great stuff Bill. As I ready my boat for Summer in the Sierras, a post like this is quite valuable. I have been thinking through how to best devise a cradle for the stern of the boat, and your pictures are much appreciated.

In the 9th picture, from the stern with the Miata in the background, what is the black piece behind the post you made?

Thanks,
Eric
 
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Great stuff Bill. As I ready my boat for Summer in the Sierras, a post like this is quite valuable. I have been thinking through how to best devise a cradle for the stern of the boat, and your pictures are much appreciated.

In the 9th picture, from the stern with the Miata in the background, what is the black piece behind the post you made?

Thanks,
Eric
Hi Eric,
Thanks for your comments. I am pretty pleased with this project. I used wood, because I don't know how to weld, so several coats of primer and paint were used.
I think the black piece you are seeing in the ninth picture is the brackets for the engine mount which I have now installed. I also have a post about the installation of the engine mount. I had some issues with the mount and rudder making contact. The post explains how that problem was resolved. My next project will be installing a boarding ladder on the starboard side of the transom and also a deck plate in the right bench seat as seen done by another member on this forum.
Thanks and good sailing............bill
 
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Bill,

Why add a deck plate? Is there something specific that you want to have easy access to?
Hi Eric,
Good question, the right side of the transom is not reinforced. There is nothing between the two main components in that part of the boat. So a small deck plate will allow access to that part under the right seat and the lower part of the transom. Then a shim can be wedged between the two layers before drilling and installing mount bolts. There is a detailed post about this installation by a forum member, should not be that much trouble. Thanks..................bill
 

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very nice post. i mounted a ladder with out the deck plate. I injected foam into transome, and added 1/4 inch plastic backing on interior of boat. I padded the ladder mounts. I did not use the lower right hand ladder bracket-the one that if you drilled would go into the area under the seat. So the ladder is supported by three brackets not four. So far no problems.
 
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very nice post. i mounted a ladder with out the deck plate. I injected foam into transome, and added 1/4 inch plastic backing on interior of boat. I padded the ladder mounts. I did not use the lower right hand ladder bracket-the one that if you drilled would go into the area under the seat. So the ladder is supported by three brackets not four. So far no problems.
Hi,
Thanks, how about posting some pictures............bill
 
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This is great stuff! I hope I plan to duplicate your effort. We're did you get the rubber mast supports from?
Hi Jeremy,
I have a Shorelander trailer and I ordered the bow stops from their parts department. I have seen them on Ebay and the otherday, I saw these same bow stops in the boating department at K Mart. Good luck...........bill
 
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very nice post. i mounted a ladder with out the deck plate. I injected foam into transome, and added 1/4 inch plastic backing on interior of boat. I padded the ladder mounts. I did not use the lower right hand ladder bracket-the one that if you drilled would go into the area under the seat. So the ladder is supported by three brackets not four. So far no problems.
If you have time would tell me what you injected into the transom and where you injected it? Thank you.
 
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