stepping the mast singlehanded

Anyone interested in a electric winch system for singlehanded mast stepping costing around $200., please e-mail me for details. I have a Scot and figured out a good way to step the mast without having to be unusually athletic.

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How about posting it here? I'd like to see it since I raise and

How about posting it here? I'd like to see it since I raise and lower my mast with two kids (9 and 13) and my wife watching. Brian

The system consists of: 1 A metal plate welded to the top of

The system consists of: 1 A metal plate welded to the top of the trailer's winch post. This post carries the hand winch that secures the boat to the trailer. 2 An electric winch bolted to the metal plate. I found an electric winch with power-in and power-out, an automatic brake, with remote control switch for $150 3. Jumper cables (6 guage) to run to battery to power winch. 4 Cables (6 guage) to run from winch to remote control switch (about 12 feet long) 5. Small 3 step latter with metal top step. This is placed on a non-skid pad on the foredeck as far forward as possible. A line is run through the legs of the step ladder and tied to the bowplate, to prevent the ladder from tipping or moving aft 6 Trailer roller bracket with metal axle rod. This bracket is bolted to the top of the step ladder and holds a steel axle , which serves as the fulcrum or block at the top of the ladder. Stepping the mast is done as follows: 1 Hookup winch to power. 2. Place step ladder on nonskid mat on foredeck as far forward as possible, secure legs with rope to bowplate. 3 Spool out wire rope from the winch, over the axle on top of step ladder and attach to mast . I attach the winch to a rope secured around the mast to prevent the winch cable from scratching the mast itself. 4 Place butt of mast onto stepping pin. 5. Secure remote control switch to belt. 6 Stand next to mast, using remote switch with left hand, power-in winch. With free hand steady the side to side motion of the mast as it ascends. This requires very little effort. 7 Carefully reach full vertical and secure the mast with the forestay and jib halyard. 8. Reverse procedure (power-out) to unstep mast. Good Luck and good sailing

Flying Scot has good instructions on stepping the mast single ha

Flying Scot has good instructions on stepping the mast single handed. http://www.flyingscot.com/rig3.html#single. I have used this method several times with no problem. I sometimes think it is easier than with someone helping me. I do have a slight advantage in that I am still a bit young and tall (6'3".) The height definitely helps.