Sailing Canoe Mast Lowered
Category: Canoe, sailing, mast, rig, rigging
Problem: On my sailing canoe I wanted the mast to be lowered easily so when it was on a trailer it could be easily raised or lowered, but more importantly I wanted it to be able to be lowered so it would fit under the roof of my dock and I could have it moored there and protected from the weather.
Action: Modify the attachment point so that the mast could fold and rest horizontally at an angle across the motor mount. To accomplish this, in addition to the base adjustment, I attached a long rope to the top of the mast, brought it around a block at the bow of the boat, then back to a cleat in the middle of the boat. When the mast was raised, this line acted as the forestay.
Result: It works great!
Additional Thoughts: Now by having the boom come down to one side, it leaves room for the passenger in the canoe. And the mast can be raised or lowered with the sail or boom attached.
When idea was conceived: 4/30/05
How much time it took to develop: 8 hours
How much money it took to develop: $14.00
Current status: Superseded
Since it was originally done: I have subsequently totally redesigned the mast attachment mechanisms but still the functionality of raising and lowering remains.