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1/3/2019 at 5:39:56 PM GMT
Posts: 8
Dipping the mast

I will soon be looking for a Marshal Sanderling, but I have to negotiate a 17 foot bridge to get to the ocean.  I am wondering how hard it is to motor with the mast, boom and gaff down, and then how hard to raise and then lower the hinged mast on the water.  I do have a sheltered spot I can duck into for the raising and lowering so I can avoid the waves.  Thoughts and experiences welcome.

Dave Holbrook



1/5/2019 at 1:30:48 PM GMT
Posts: 76
In my 70s and can manage maybe once per year. Best to find someone under 40, 6-2 and 200 lbs to help. Hinge system works very well, great design and construction. Need a new crutch to hold folded mast, with boom rest on the side, 8 to 12 longer than standard makes moving around cocpit easier. Tiddy up halyards against mast, as much as possible - tend to snag at in-oppurtune times. Probably allow 20 minutes to do the process.
Great boat have fun.


9/8/2020 at 2:05:46 PM GMT
Posts: 8
Just to follow up. After taking my mast hinge apart for cleaning it is operating properly. I can now raise and lower it solo on the hard and also on a quiet mooring or anchor. As is noted above the big challenge is preventing snags when the mast is neither up or down. After fouling each line once I am getting better at positioning the lines with sufficient slack to raise the mast without tangles. The hinge has really added versatility to the boat.


9/9/2020 at 2:04:25 PM GMT
Posts: 76
As mentioned I generally only do it a couple times a year, and to make it somewhat cleaner I undo the lazyjacks so they go to mast, then wrap the loose end of the topping lift around the mast and halyards a few time (leaving slack near hinge). A sail tie as high as you can reach might help and be quicker for repeated operation.


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