Lowering Mast

RRatCalypso 9:32pm, 22 April 2011
A quick reply is required, please. I am about to go and collect my Achilees24. I assume the mast is up. The craft is in a boat yard and I shall not be getting assistance from the previous owner. I figure that I simply remove the boom, undo the shrouds, unbolt the mast at the base, and catch it on a controlled fall !!Do I need anothe rpersons assistace? Do I need any special tools?
Many thanks in advance.
NormanKlipspringer Posted 8 years ago. Edited by NormanKlipspringer (admin) 8 years ago
This has been covered many times before. Follow the links on this page for lots of info.
In summary most people use a frame of some sort. Not all the shrouds should be removed only the formost and the others slackened. Advisable to have assistance.
NormanKlipspringer 8 years ago
BTW welcome to the group.
RRatCalypso 8 years ago
Thank you norman. I have found some info...I should have looked first. (Learnt a lesson already !). I do not see what tools are required though. I hope its nothing more than regular metric spanners, pliers and screwdrivers.
Thanks also for the welcome.
busy home [deleted] 8 years ago
No metric on an Achilles , all AF ... 1970s remember7/16 1/2 9/16
5/8 11/16 3/4 ..........
NormanKlipspringer 8 years ago
Rigging might have ben replaced in which case it could be metric. Tools required depends on type of bottle screw fitted. Normally open ended spanners and screw driver or spike to turn bottle screw. Make sure you prevent the cable from turning when you undo the bottle screw!! Locking of the bottle screw could be split pins, sizing wire or locknuts so be prepared with pliers and spanners of various sizes. Good luck.
RRatCalypso 8 years ago
Many thanks for info. My Calypso is now home, safe and sound. (Phew... 350 miles towing)
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