How To Raise A Sailboat Mast
Sailboating as a hobby can be very exciting and a lifelong hobby, however, learning how to raise a sailboat mast can make the adventure even more enjoyable. So grab a partner, because you will definitely need one, and get to it.
- Always make sure that the the areas around the such as the forestay and shroud are clear of obstacles and other materials that might inhibit a successful mast raise. The forestay and shroud are attached to the mast with the purpose of maintaining the stability of the mast. Double check that both are attached and secured correctly before attempting to raise the sailboat mast.
- Remove the connections from the mast so that you can start the process without any obstacles. Doing so will allow you to complete raise (and lower) the mast.
- Tie the mast to its mast boot. This is done by keeping the mast on its side, on the decks, and keeping the mast end near the mast step. Be sure to keep this space free of any clutter.
- Tie sheets, or ropes, to the bow of the sailboat
- Tie sheets from the boom, or the bottom pole of the mast, to the forestay.
- Attach the sheeting to forestay.
- Join the boom to the masts end which will complete the connections and give you a full mast.
- As everything slowly comes to place, you are free to finally pull your mast.
If at any point during this operation you feel lost or feel like you're not doing it correctly, contact the manual literature that came with your sailboat at the point of purchase.