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How to lower the mast!

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Achilles24-350 says:

Can anyone please tell us how we lower this mast!
I posted some pics of our mast.
And what is the easiest, is it possible to put a pulley
somewhere so we can lower it with easy? Do we need to
disconnect any lines?
Please help, as we are going throug all the little canals in
amsterdam!
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

We have had discusion on this before. have a look at the following and associated photos, in particular those of rothwell_neil. They may help.

www.flickr.com/groups/achilles24/discuss/72157604168480465/
www.flickr.com/groups/achilles24/discuss/72157603703851902/
Good luck
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santalars says:

Turn the engine to full speed and the mast will come down itself !
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Eclipse 1 says:

if you want any more info on my system A24, let me know. My set up consists of three aluminium scaffold tubes, 8' 8' and 9'; you should be able to stow these onboard ok. I am looking to stow mine permanently on board in future- Ive climbed my mast once and would rather not do it again! cheers John.
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santalars says:

You can lower and set the mast with two persons in calm conditions.
1) attach a pully either on the forestay or on the foresail halyard and to the forestay fixing. Fix halyard to the mast!
2) take off the front shrouds , leave the middle and back ones attached
3) loosen all other stays and shrouds so that they are not under tension
4) tension the pully and take off the forestay
5) lower the mast to approx 45 degrees
6) get crew to support the mast lowering from there on (which is not a problem as the mast can easily be held by one person.
7) lower the mast further
8) take out the mastfoot splint or bolt!
9) dont forget the cable and antenna connectors

Thats it. I've done this three times now without any problems. Just two restrictions:
-Never do this allone!
-don't do it in rough conditions! (best if laying on a harbour wall)
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santalars says:

Do not lower it with the pully only over 45 degrees. The crew must support the lowering from there on by holding most weight of the mast.

If you don't do it something will break latest at 30 degrees!
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Achilles24-350 says:

Thanx for all your help, I'll post a new reply on friday, Then I can tell you if it worked!

Thanx again!
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Achilles24-350 says:

HI Santalars,
Thanx for the steps. We bought a pulley and some lines. I'll post the'pictures of how we lowered the mast, and how we tight up the mast, as we needed to go throuhg the small canals of amsterdam, so the mast had to be as low as possible. I must say it was easier to lower than to raise! Denise took control of the pulley, an I Pepijn, had to push the mast up. Even in a enclosed harbour its hard.

We also had some scrubbing paste, to get rid of the goldish look, and bring it back to bare alluminium, and after we rubbed it in with a polish and alluminium protector, so now we have got a shiny alluminium mast!!!

For now till soon, REDFIN
PS
For convenience I have added your photos here:
The complete picture, to show how to lower the mast with ease!

the pulley on the mast.
we used the winch to gentle ease the mast down.
Completely wired up, ready to hit the canals
Front end fastened
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santalars says:

I'm glad to hear that it worked.
After having a look at your photos here some additional tips:

Try to put the pully between the masttop and the fixing for your forstay. (1st: the forstay fixing is the only part designed for taking huge forces, 2nd: makes lifting more easier and gives you more control)
You can use your foresail halyard to attach the pully, but you have to fix the other end of the halyard (comming out of the mastfoot) to the mast (I assume you have a clamp at the mast somewhere)

That should make it easier the next time.
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