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NiekDelfgou NiekDelfgou Sat 30 Mar 2019 18:25:09 Can anyone tell me if there is a particular system for lowering the mast on the Manta 19.

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mhsorens mhsorens Sat 30 Mar 2019 19:29:17 Unstepping the mast follows the mast stepping instruction of page 1 in the assembly guide in reverse - but requires two persons: [ http://www.manta19.miwd.co.uk/index.php?view=57 ]

However, a Manta 19 owner, who currently has his boat up for sale, has a system: "On the stern of the boat is a unique stainless steel mast support with roller which allows easy mast handling, raising and lowering of the mast single handed." Here's a link to a picture of the mast support. I certainly will consider having one built myself: [ https://boats-from.co.uk/not-specified/manta-19-trailer-sailer-yacht-138582/138586 ].

The DIY mast stepper displayed looks very similar to the one on this video: [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5WdqdlB8Nc ] and with a little more detail of the mechanism: [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve8lzTy-7JQ ]. There's even a blog post explaining the alternatives: [ https://stingysailor.com/2015/07/18/how-to-step-a-mast-single-handed-with-or-without-using-the-boom-as-a-gin-pole-2/ ].

"Mast Crutch" seems to be the proper anglo wording: [ https://www.reddit.com/r/sailing/comments/4ebli4/mast_stepper_aka_mast_crutch/ ]
Red Herring Red Herring Fri 25 Oct 2019 21:20:35 I am just in the process of buying Red Herring which has been at the Cam Sailing Club and which I have known there for at least 25 years. She has a beautifully made A-frame, which is a necessary device for swift lowering and raising of the mast when sailing on a inland waters. The [late] owner who made it >25 years ago helped me to design a similar (but less impressive) A-frame for the Sailfish 18 which I then had. When Red Herring is actually mine I will take some photographs and post them on this web site. Making such an A-frame isn't expensive or difficult - if it were I couldn't have done it - and you should not be fightened of trying it.
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Red Herring Red Herring Sun 19 Jan 2020 16:29:29 As promised, but I would be happy to take others if anyone wants particular details:
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