Step the mast on a Flying Scot
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Two ways to raise the Flying Scot mast. First we raise the mast using the hinge mounted at the bottom, and below Tom Leach shows how it's done without the hinge.
Our first mast raising video, Alison's attempts raising the Flying Scot mast. Our mast raising system was a line with clips, tied in the middle with a figure 8 and tensioned with the main halyard to keep the mast from falling sideways. This is only one part of using a sailboat mast hoist, but we are doing without the trailer winch and raising the mast by hand. For easy mast stepping, the jib halyard and centerboard line are used to hold the mast forward while attaching the forestay. We run the centerboard line through a cam cleat and the boweye, then attach with a bowline to the jib halyard. After raising the mast, the centerboard line is cleated off and the jib halyard tightened with the halyard winch to hold the mast forward while we attach the forestay.
As you can see, raising the mast on a Flying Scot does require a bit of strength. If you can lift a 50 pound sack over your head you can probably do it. Instead of a mast crutch we use a Type 4 pfd to hold the mast.
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Tom Leach shows how he steps a Flying Scot mast quickly and securely, WITHOUT the hinge at the bottom of the mast.
Harwich Sailing Team
Harwich Port, Massachusetts