I have an old Hobie cat and I ordered the mast stepper II. I ordered it because, a few days ago, with three people working together, we still managed to drop the mast on the way down. The mast was fine and so was the boat, but it makes me nervous to try it again without a mast stepper. So I have this mast stepper but I have a few problems: First, the boat's forward mast stand is only 28'' taller than the mast base, and the recommended height is 30'' above the mast base. Will I need a new forward mast stand or can I get by without? Secondly I have no trapeze set up, but I need to attach trap wires to the forward crossbar. Can I just tie a rope up to the tang where the shrouds are and then tie it to the crossbar just for stepping? I would pull it down after. Thanks in advance for you advice!
2011 Hobie 16 from West Coast Sailing