mast raising on tiki26

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mast raising on tiki26
Hello everyone. Any tips on raising the mast on a ply/epoxy tiki26? I've just put mine up for the season but it was a bit of a struggle! Everytime I started to haul it up the base seemed to jam on the step on the beam. I eventually stuck a scaffold boad under the base to stop it dropping as this semed to be the cause. Just wondered if anyone had some good ideas?
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Here are two explanations of the same process that I have saved: ----------------------------------------- Great definitions although I use the word shroud as a special case of a stay where the stay holds the mast up from the side as distinct from a forestay or backstay. Glad you asked Kim because it's a valuble technique. Picture the mast down, horizontal, laying aft with the foot engaged in the step and the shrouds rigged. Now rig lines (halyards?) from the masthead to the hulls directly to the sides of the mast. This keeps the mast from swaying to the side while being raised. Next attach one end of a pole (about 10 feet long) to the mast at or near the foot at right angles to the mast so that it sticks straight up. This is called a ginpole. Before raising the ginpole attach to its top end the forestay or equivalent and a tackle down to the forward crossbeam. At sea you should attach shrouds to the ginpole too. Now haul away on the tackle and it pulls the ginpole top down to the bow simultaniously pulling the mast up. The ginpole stays at right angles to the mast. Try it first tied to the dock or in the yard. Glenn ------------------------------------------------------------- Duncan I had the raising and lowering of my mast, single handed, down to a fine art. The diagram posted by Scott is the basis of the evolution. The trick is the use of the short spinnaker pole (I made my own with jaws to wrap around the mast) and the anchoring arrangement with the forestay. Remember that there is a moment when you have to release the forestay and still have the forestay connected to your temporary down/up halyard. I used blocks to give a minimum of 4:1 mechnical advantage, leading the sheet off to one of the cockpit winches. By triangulating the stays (forward of the two pairs) and attaching them onto the ends of the beam the mast sits on, and loosely attaching the rear pair onto the rear chain plates, all should be well when you raise and lower the mast. Please also remember to have lanyards from the pole also down to the mast beam endsto stop the pole from moving. Half an hour of preparation is followed by 5 minutes of gentle winching and all is well! The mast comes down towards the stern, so make sure you take the tillers and tiller bar off! Best of luck! Adrian ------------------------------------------------------
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We have been using this technique for years and it works very well. The key is having the mast foot securely hinged in some way and having takeoffs for the temporary shrouds in line with the hinge. You can get by without the takeoffs in line, but you will need to be adjusting them as the mast goes up/down.
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Thanks for these Kim. This is basically what I was doing but the down force from the ginpole on the mast was preventing the mast from coming up on the pivot. Perhaps the pole is in the wrong place? Robert, the mast foot is tied to the pivot on the step - do you have another method for securing it? Thanks again for your replies
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Can you post some photos of your setup?
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A 'T' section mast step which is longer than the mast diameter and has a bolt hole in the aft end. The the mast sits on the step by way of a slot in it. The slot in the mast is reinforced with 2 plates which extend far enough aft to marry up with the bolt hole in the step, put a bolt through and you have a secure pivot. A lot of small yachts have a similar arrangement. No photos to hand I am afraid, if I get one will post it. Robert
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Not doing well on the photos front, but just rembered that there is one in the Tiki 30 section of the PCA gallery.
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My mast will have to be lowered towards the bow as I will have a pod on the deck of my Tiki 26 Any suggestions..Jim
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Hi Gus! I had various battles with that mast which I minimised by making a temporary anchor point for the temp. shrouds for both the mast & the gin pole out of 18mm ply.It fitted over the beam end cleats & ensured that the fulcrum(?) of the mast was in line as accurately as possible with the anchor point of the shrouds.Previously as I had raised the mast the tension in those shrouds had increased,jamming the mast into the foot.Also I ended up making sure the temp shrouds came off the top of the mast in equal& opposite sides so that there was no twist . On the tiki21 I have now I got a workshop to make up a shoe that acts like a dismantleable hinge -one side on the mastfoot & one on the mast.By itself its not strong enough to eliminate problems but it helps a lot & removes the whatif the mast foot slips.I'd recommend that. Hope you're having fun with that boat & best wishes to you all John
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Hi John Thanks for this. Do you have a photo or drawing of your hinge arrangement? It sounds useful and would help keep the mast foot in position as it was hauled up. As I said in my original post, the foot of the mast seemed to be forced downwards as I hauled it up with the ginpole and this stopped it pivoting around the step on the beam.