We would love some photos of your mast raising set-up. We will order the Hobie Mast Stepper III this week. My husband needs to be able to raise the mast with only the help of our 13 year old daughter since I don't plan to sail with them every time.
Mary Ann, I have put up some photos I took raising the mast with the stepper on Flickr. Take a look, I've included descriptions with most of the photos as well. I hope this is helpful. Best of luck to you, your husband, and your daughter - I can't wait till my daughter is 13 and wants to sail with me! At 6, its just boring for her.http://www.flickr.com/photos/51952778@N07/sets/72157624350231203/
Please post all pages of Mast Stepper III instructions. I do not quite get it and do not want to order it if this is going to be too much work.
PLEASE, maybe Matt can HELP with that...
Cezar, I have a PDF I can send you, email me at my username at gmail and I will forward it to you. Also, take a look at the photos I posted above to see the level of complexity. I will say that my preferred raising method is with two people, using the winch to just assist pulling on the furler drum strap, not using the whole stepper rig. However, I am often finding myself sailing alone and the stepper is the way to go!