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 Post subject: 17 -mast step advice
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:42 pm 
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How to Step hobie 17 mast ? Back problem may stop me from lifting this mast by hand. Is there a set-up that could help me out? Tom Campbell.


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 Post subject: Re: 17 -mast step advice
PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:05 pm 
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I find it easier to step the mast with the boat sitting on the ground, off the trailer. When the boat's on the ground, the mast starts off at a higher angle (assuming you have someone holding up the mast tip, or you prop it up on something) so you don't have to bend over as far to get it started.

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 Post subject: Re: 17 -mast step advice
PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:35 pm 
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I use Mast Stepper 2 with an extra Y pole on the back of my trailer. The Y pole gives me a good initial angle to lift the mast without pulling the boat out of the trailer.

The best part of Mast Stepper 2 is the instruction it comes with. Otherwise you can bay all the required parts in a hardware store near you for under $30.

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 Post subject: Re: 17 -mast step advice
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:54 pm 
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I too have a bad (lower) back and have to be extremely careful...

1) I park on a pretty steep ramp, pointing downhill.
2) Let both sides of the shrouds out to their longest adjustment
3) get the mast ready to raise, with step pin in place.
4) Use a tall step ladder, walk around behind the boat and put the ladder under the mast... this will give you a "head start" on the dead-lift. (A friend of mine actually built an extra tall mast caddie for this purpose that fit right in where his trailering mast caddie went)
5) If you have a second person have them pull on the forestay/bridal wires to help you lift.

I can still do it by myself, but I'm very careful and prefer a second helper...


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 Post subject: Re: 17 -mast step advice
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:07 pm 
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My advice is to use an electric winch. Not wench--that's for later.

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 Post subject: Re: 17 -mast step advice
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:00 am 
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Thank you for the good advice on Stepping the Mast -17 hobie.
My 14 is easy! thanks again,, Tom


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