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Old 06-24-2012, 05:19 PM   #6691
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rain all day over here, mildy windy...good KLR weather
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:56 AM   #6692
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Lovely weather over here - grass looks great! Weeds are growing even faster than the grass.

Went out and lowered the mast on the boat a while ago before the rain and wind start to pick up more. At least now I know I can get the mast up and back down myself with just a helper to pin/unpin the forestay clevis. It only weighs about 25 lbs, but when you are near the bottom end lifting all 24' 1" through 45 degrees, the leverage is in the mast's favor.

Set up a removable pulley system to raise and lower your mast.

You can also use it as an accidental gybe preventer.

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Old 06-25-2012, 08:52 AM   #6693
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Yeah, the previous owner put together an A-frame setup copied from the style used by lots of Flying Scot owners. I figure as long as I can do it by lifting, its that much less stuff to haul with me and less time to rig it just to do a 1 minute lift. When I get older and more decrepit, the A-frame will go into action. Wait, I am already older. Just when I get more decrepit.

Based on the time taken to raise the mast the first time(28 minutes total), which included stopping part way and moving the step pin back to the right position from where the PO had placed it, and unsticking a stuck clevis, I think I can get this thing ready or put to bed in less than 20 - 25 minutes.

The owner before the PO raced the boat a lot and its set up nicely for a vang or preventer arrangement. Although the mainsheet rigging minimizes boom lift, so I doubt I'll really need a vang. I'm ultra careful about accidental gybes. Pretty damned careful about controlled gybes, too.

Now, its just waiting for this weather to move on.....
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:01 AM   #6694
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You can also fabricate a guide to prop the foot into and then leverage the mast up with the guide positioning the foot into the base..
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:17 PM   #6695
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Well, we are back in Central FL. Out West of G-ville at my Dad's place, I have lots of mowing to do.
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:36 PM   #6696
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The rain here as finally slacked

Our pond across the street is outside its banks

Jerry:

Glad to hear from ya

Tried many times yesterday to access your thread

But signal woes here shut me down each time
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:43 PM   #6697
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We've got a satellite dish just like for the TV

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Old 06-25-2012, 03:46 PM   #6698
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Spoke too soon

It's raining again

Sure hope the lake at The Scrub is rising as much as the water table here

Although our pond here is way up on a hill

There's sand on top but clay underneath

Thinking it'll have to rain much more to get Lake Kerr back up to normal
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:06 PM   #6699
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Well, we are back in Central FL. Out West of G-ville at my Dad's place, I have lots of mowing to do.
Howz your dad doing??

And welcome back too..sorry to see your trip cut short..
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:46 PM   #6700
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Dad seems to be in good spirits, considering that they cut some chunks out of his insides today. We will find out more by Wed, but it doesn't look good.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:44 PM   #6701
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Hey Jerry & Kim! Sorry you had to cut short, but glad you're back safe & sound.

Hi Dick, This mast step is a new one to me, but it has what you described - A 4-5" long pin is shackled to a hole just in front of the hole for a boom vang to attach. The pin goes up into the sail track a few inches and acts as a pivot to guide the mast onto a male step of cast aluminum. One of the complaints of GC 20 owners is that without due care, slipping the mast onto the step incorrectly and the casting can get broken. I hedged my bets and wiped some beeswax around both mating surfaces after resetting the pin & shackle to the proper hole. After that, no muss, no fuss, no sweat - it just slid right into place.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:06 PM   #6702
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Hey Jerry & Kim! Sorry you had to cut short, but glad you're back safe & sound.

After that, no muss, no fuss, no sweat - it just slid right into place.

Jerry and Kim------ sorry and glad, as Mark said.

Mark------Slid right in - as it should.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:12 AM   #6703
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So bee's wax makes for a good natural lube in wet conditions, huh?
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:43 AM   #6704
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Dayum! Sun is actually shinin'
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:58 AM   #6705
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Does this officially end the drought??
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