Stepping your own mast, launching your own boat

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Stepping your own mast, launching your own boat

Postby sscoll » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:07 pm

Ray Alsup and Dan McNeil posted methods they have used for stepping their own masts. Dan goes on to launch his own Triton from a boat ramp. Anybody know where he's gotten off to? My address for him came back empty and I'm hoping to get his help designing a "link" so I can make my truck further from my boat trailer in the hopes of launching it myself without throwing the whole business into the drink. Anyone else launch their own boat similar to a Triton?

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Re: Stepping your own mast, launching your own boat

Postby Carl-A259 » Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:02 pm

If you're talking about a tongue extension for your trailer, that a pretty easy project to complete. Or are you talking about a dolly type setup with a line to your tow truck? Stepping your own mast isn't too difficult , check out youtube for some great video on this, if you can't find it, I have a link for one somewhere. Involves a 2x4 bipod and some line.
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Re: Stepping your own mast, launching your own boat

Postby Carl-A259 » Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:10 pm

Search for "dropping the mast" on youtube. This is the best vid I've seen on this and it works for raising and lowering. Or go to; Catalina27.org I tried to link but for some reason I can't.
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Re: Stepping your own mast, launching your own boat

Postby sscoll » Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:02 pm

Thanks Carl. I am talking about a tongue extension and since Dan has done this I thought I'd ask him how long his is. There's good information about both his set up and Ray's in the MIR pages. I'm also interested in the specs of his trailer, i.e. how low it is, stuff like that. Thanks hey...
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Re: Stepping your own mast, launching your own boat

Postby Tallystick » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:40 pm

I'll be launching my Triton by lowering the trailer down a long ramp using a tow strap.

Got a 1/4" thick heavy stainless hinge from McMaster and welded on stainless plates that fit over the mast step and hinge support base, with the hinge screwed into the base of the mast using 6 countersunk 1/4" screws. Mast will be raised by the mizzen halyard and using the shrouds for lateral support. Mizzen can be stepped by hand.
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Re: Stepping your own mast, launching your own boat

Postby sscoll » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:46 pm

Sounds great,,,, I want a mizzen.....and an electric winch,,,,, and a cheeseburger.
Take pictures and post them when you do this thing, eh?
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