How to raise and lower the Flying Scot mast.

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Mast hinge
Lowering and raising the mast on a Flying Scot is a one or two man operation if equipped with the mast hinge. The older Scots came without the hinge for raising the mast, if your boat doesn't have one buy one and install it before raising the mast. Park the trailer facing into the wind on level ground or with the bow slightly downhill. Remove everything from the cockpit floor and seats, you don't want to have anything to step over when you are holding the mast. Take the mainsheet out of the center block. Disconnect the boom vang and remove the boom from the mast. It's best to remove the boom from the boat, but sometimes I just put it under a seat out of the way.
I use my centerboard winch line to hold the mast forward while I disconnect the forestay. I run the line through the bow eye, tie a bowline in the end and connect it to the jib halyard as shown and cleat it next to the mast, it's the darker line in the picture. I can tension this line with the jib halyard winch to loosen the forestay enough to disconnect it without loosening the turnbuckle. After disconnecting the forestay you can tape or tie it to the lower part of the mast to help keep it from being tangled as you lower the mast.


The back part of the line is cleated in the spinnaker halyard cleat next to the mast as shown. Place a bumper or cushion on the stern to hold the mast and stand in the cockpit. If you are 6 feet tall and can hold a 100 pound bag of concrete over your head you shouldn't have any problem. Hold the mast up by pushing forward with your left hand and uncleat the line with your right. Be sure there is PLENTY of untangled line on the bow so the mast can come all the way down. Hold the mast with both hands and slowly lower it as you walk backwards with one foot on each side of the cockpit floor. Once you start back with the mast, the shrouds will no longer keep it from falling sideways, so keep your balance! As you move back the apparant weight of the mast increases to about 100 pounds, so take care.
The mast is down. The upper part of the hinge is a pin that slides into the sail grove, so move the mast back until the pin falls out. It's best to have someone hold the top of the mast while you do this because when it comes out the mast will want to fall off the back of the boat. Now move it forward so it won't fall off.

Raising the mast

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