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Trailers, towing & launching / Raising and Lowering the Mast
« on: August 11, 2017, 06:55:29 AM »
I'm sure I've seen a thread about this topic on the forum somewhere but annoyingly can't now find it. So I'm starting a new one.

WB25 is nearing her first (for me) launch so I'm practising whilst waiting for the September holiday on the Norfolk Broads to roll around. The first time I got the mast up, it took four of us, all cursing and swearing. The mast is the original heavy old lump of solid wood. I was rather disheartened because I'll be doing all my sailing single-handed. There had to be a better way. Thinking cap on; computer on.

Here is a video of my new method

I'm rather pleased with it. I don't claim any originality (we stand on the shoulders of giants) but I do want other newbies to know that it's easy when you know how.

Trailers, towing & launching / Lessons from my first tow
« on: July 22, 2017, 07:03:56 AM »
Previous contributors were so useful in making my first tow a success that I thought I'd "pay it forward" by setting down the lessons I learnt from the experience.

There's probably going to be too much for one post so I'll split it over several.

Trailers, towing & launching / Support for mast whilst towing
« on: July 03, 2017, 07:22:10 PM »
I've just bought WB25 and, once the trailer is refurbished in a week or so, will be towing it home to the Midlands from Chichester. That's a longish tow for a first effort and I want to get it right.

The boat doesn't come with an owner's manual and so I'm a little uncertain about how to support the mast and spars. There's only a short boom crutch (no gallows, unfortunately). Presumably the fat end of the mast rests in the tabernacle and the thin end goes on the boom crutch. Lash it down and hope for the best. Lash the other spars to the mast.

The boom crutch doesn't look particularly substantial though...

Am I about to make some ghastly mistake?

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