Originally Posted by DHeckrotte
ff, as I'd said above, 'shrouds in the plane of the mast..' The catch with keeping them 'tight' is that they need to be mounted/pinned in line, at the same height, as the hinge pin. If they are lower than the maststep hinge and they are 'tight' with the mast down, they will become much tighter as the mast swings up. On the relatively low crown of a trawler's deck, maybe not so bad - 'tight' becomes a matter of definition. But, you should see the rig necessary to hinge the shrouds when the maststep is on a sailboat cabin top!
Clearly "overthinking it".
KISS should apply. These masts are not that tall. Should be made of aluminum, so not very heavy, but strong enough for all the work they may be called upon to do.
Mine has stood in place for more than 15 yrs without complaint, unstayed, standing in a simple tabernacle that controls side motion when lowering, lowered with a one part rope from the underside of the radar, lands in a stand keeping it above the rear deck without fuss.