9 Tips To Make Unstepping Your Mast Easier


Having suggested, in my usual oh so low key and gentle way, that it would be a good idea to unstep your mast when laying up your boat, I'm thinking that the very least I can do as a follow-up is share some of the things I have learned while unstepping a 75' mast some 15 times over the last 23 years.

I'm going to start with tips to help you select a yard to unstep your mast and then move on to stuff that will make things run smoothly on the big day.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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