Thats right folks, time for the ol' mast to come down. I have the crane reserved for tomorrow afternoon and am fully prepped for it to come down. I've been kind of shocked at the lack of resources online describing the preparation and process of unstepping a mast. Most of us need to pay the yard for the actual crane and its operation, but many of us need to save cash and not pay the yard for the de-rigging and such. Thanks to the guys on the Sailnet forums for helping me out in preparation (link). Why am I taking the mast out? Plenty of reasons! I am replacing all of the standing rigging including chainplates, the mast needs to be re-painted, electronics need to be replaced and re-wired, most hardware will need replacing, replace the compression post beneath it, refurbish the bowsprint (possible replace if I find rot), and a few more projects I can't think of right now. I also need the mast and rigging out so I can continue to get the decks and teak caprails completely bare for repair and painting. Hopefully getting it down will give me some good momentum.
I will take as many pictures as I can to document the procedure.