At Lowestoft I got to drop the mast for a good reason for the first time. I wanted to leave Tammy Norie at the Lowestoft Cruising Club beyond the lifting bridge and then catch a train home to Cambridge, but the bridge wasn’t due to lift for a couple of hours. Not a problem!
Very satisfying after all the work I put in to the mast hinge.
My friend Greg responded:
Dare you to shoot a bridge (sail at it, drop mast and sails, rehoist all without stopping).
Hmm… maybe, with the mast lift on a block and no mast gallows. I’ll have to practise!
Raising the mast and sail now that the hinge has been reinforced.
This is an easy one-person job now, though I have yet to try it in the water. It would be much quicker than shown in the video if I wasn’t fiddling with the sail cover, too.
This video shows an experimental mast gallows made by crossing the oars with a bungie cord. It seems like a good way to keep the mast out of the way while travelling with it down.
30kg force is required to lift the mast when standing on the sliding hatch. I measured this with a 100kg spring balance I found in a hardware shop for £3 — very handy!