Easier, that is . . . if you have a tri-pod, of which I have none. I didn't even know I needed a tripod the first time. We wanted to put a fresh coat of red paint on our mast, so we layed it down and hoisted it up with brute strength. This required three people and a lot of heave-ho-ing. We also bent about half of the turnbuckles (the brass connectors that run the lines from the mast to the deck). I don't recommend doing it this way!
Our Incorrect Steps for "stepping the mast":
- Bought beer and bribed a friend to help.
- Removed all sails.
- Removed boom from mast.
- Disconnected topping lift from boom.
- Inspected and loosened standing lines at attachment points and turnbuckles.
- Secured one end of both Geneo and Main Halyard to a cleat on the mast.
- Ran line through block at bow of boat to winch at back of boat and attached line to jib standing line.
- Needed another block to get over companionway.
- Tried to pull mast up, but we were just pulling it into the boat.
- Heave-Ho-ed up. Picture: World's Strongest Man contest.
The Correct Way to Step the Mast!
Next "stepping" project is installation of Wind Vane and replacing a light bulb.