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Posted: 11 Apr 2014 at 4:05pm
My bro in law sent me the tabernacle he fashioned based on Thankful's and Cat Paw's configurations. I would like to know how to attach the tabernacle to the deck (lag screws, through deck nuts and bolts?) and how one then raises the mast solo. I assume you attach to the tabernacle by backing the mast off the stern (trying not to drop it in the process). The technical section tells what to do after attaching the mast but is a bit vague up to that point. Thanks for your help.
Jack VanZandt
Olympia, WA

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 at 8:58am
Hi Jack
Don't know what response you'll get here as everyone will have to check with their lawyers first. Regarding solo mast raising I'm sure you noticed the Thankful mast raising photos show plenty of help. My advice is to raise with help the first couple of times to get the procedure down pat. Then solo with help standing by just in case.

Regarding lag screws it seems that is the way to go. Losing the mast overboard is one thing, having it take a chunk of your cabin top with it is another
Marionette, #12

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 at 2:49pm
Thanks Ron...good advice.
Jack VanZandt
Olympia, WA

Posted: 17 Apr 2014 at 11:53pm

Regarding the tabernacle, we found that ours is set with lag screws only. This makes sense, since it should only be resisting lateral forces. In fact, if something wants to tear the mast right out of the cabin top, it should probably be allowed to do that without taking anything else with it.

(As an aside, I once bought an awesome little boat called a Guppy 13. That boat had a tabernacle that was through bolted through the roof. When a previous owner had backed it into a tree limb in a parking lot, it tore the roof wide open.)

The mast raising is, in a word, unnerving. There are a variety of systems and methods that work, but one problem with them (I think) is that describing them is really confusing. We just raised Yanqui's mast last week, so if you wanted to chat about it we can exchange phone numbers. Every time I've tried to describe it in writing, it gets too confused. I will say this, though: the best solo mast raising system is to find a friend so that you don't have to do it alone. With all those shrouds, backstay, forestay, etc, there's just an incredible amount of things that can go wrong midway through.

Anyhow, if you want to discuss it drop me a line. My address is my full name, first and last together, @live.com.

Joseph Sharpe
Yanqui (Yankee 197)

Posted: 30 Aug 2014 at 12:03am
I have to agree with Joseph. A picture is worth a thousand words and some pictures on my page might help.
Clinton R Hodges II
s/v Windswept too (no. 245)

Posted: 02 Sep 2014 at 1:05pm
Thanks Clinton,
How do I get to your page?
Jack VanZandt
Olympia, WA

Posted: 10 Sep 2014 at 2:01pm
Sorry Jack, on can access my Dolphin page via the roster by name or number.
Windswept too, YY no. 245.

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