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Preparing your boat for work in the yard

Preparing for stepping/unstepping a mast

The following will help with a smoother stepping/unstepping of a mast, and will help you reduce costs. Please review all instructions.

  1. Take photos showing details of all key components, connectors and placement.
  2. Label all rigging to identify type and location. Human memory is short.
  3. Remove all sails from the mast, including headsails on roller furlers.
  4. Disconnect the boom at the gooseneck.
  5. Disconnect topping lift, boom vang, and anything that connects the boom to the mast.
  6. Any lines in or on the mast should be secured and coiled on the mast.
  7. Prior to loosening turnbuckles, tape the threads on turnbuckles where threads enter turnbuckles. This acts as a gauge for approximate length and tension on stays when re-installing.
  8. Straighten but do not remove cotter pins on clevis pins.
  9. Remove all cotter pins from turnbuckles and be sure the turnbuckles turn freely. If necessary, soak them with a lubricant such as WD-40 or Kroil, to loosen them.
  10. Do not disconnect any standing rigging. Loosen only.
  11. Disconnect, or be prepared to disconnect, mast electrical wiring.
  12. do not cut radar cable, as it cannot be spliced.
  13. If the mast is keel stepped, loosen the wedges at the partners. If anything is attached to the mast below deck, be sure it will pass thru the deck opening. If not, remove it.
  14. If the mast is secured to the mast step with a hinge pin or bolt, be sure it is not corroded. If it is, soak it with a lubricant.