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Mast stepping 1Thu 28 Aug 2008 21:08:19
gmcgirk gmcgirk Wed 27 Aug 2008 14:42:57 Can anyone tell me if there is a particular system for lowering the mast on the Manta 19. The furling device on the foresail looks a bit scary and i don't want to get into a pickle.

Any advice will be gratefully received.


tonymck tonymck Thu 28 Aug 2008 21:08:19 I tend to think that the Manta's mast is really only of sailing dinghy proportions, length, weight and diameter. I have a plastimo roller reef system whihc is fairly lightweight and not that complicated.
So, as long as you clear all the running rigging away, remove the boom!And have a pair of cross trees in the cockpit to accept the mast when down. A long strong rope on the forestay (this is assuming you're lowering the mast on the trailer) Wind off the tension in the back stay first, so you can release the forestay.You should be fine!
Its going back up where we found the small size of the shroud turnbuckles were a pain. You have to line each one up - ensure they can rotate freely on the mounting eye, otherwise they snarl and bend or worse snap. We went through a full set one weekend!
I know the swift 18 had an 'A' frame arrangement which you rigged together for an almost singlehanded raise and lower of the mast.
The mast heel on Davin is missing a chunk, but still serviceable so must be a common fault.
Mast stepping

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