2005 Catalina 28 MKII, stepping the mast

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We stopped by the LCRA ramp near the dam on Lake LBJ to watch Fred Schroth step the mast on a 2005 Catalina 28 MKII he had just painted the bottom of. This is a rather boring video, but it's what we got. The rented crane ($95/hour, 2 hour minimum) did the heavy work. With the in mast furling mainsail and roller furling jib the mast is heavier than normal, so a crane or mast hoist is the best way to go. Since Fred tied the mast at the right place and supervised everything it went very smoothly. Stand the mast on the step and connect wiring, attach shrouds, attach backstays, then lean the mast a bit forward with the crane to attach the forestay/jib and the crane left.

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Also see this Catalina 28 under sail.

This video was taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2. A $200 camera designed mainly for still photography, it will take a 30 minute video with sound if you have the 1 Gig memory card.

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