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Old 04-19-2022, 08:16 PM   #21
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Custom mast

I removed and stored the original mast, boom and sail from our Monk 36. I laminated spruce 2 x 6's into a custom " shorty" mast that carries the radar just above the flybridge enclosure. Anchor light is solar, and velcroed to radar dome. I put a small horizontal spreader near the top and that is where AIS antenna and anemometer are mounted.
It's worked perfectly. No cable stays to duck under. Air draft is now 16ft 6in instead of 21ft 6in. Hinged mast is easily lowered by one person and air draft goes to 14ft 6in for those low Erie Canal bridges. When boat is sold, new owner gets both masts.
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Old 04-19-2022, 10:15 PM   #22
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Without it's mast it's not a Marine Trader 34 DC, the world's most popular trawler.



It's just a short, fat, old powerboat that looks like it's missing something.
Really? I think the GB folks might disagree.
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Old 04-22-2022, 02:25 PM   #23
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Being in a heavy US Navy exercise area with fast moving destroyers when I bought my woodie trawler, the fist thing I mounted as high as I could get it was a radar reflector. In later years I moored it under a covered slip, but did not want to cut it off or down for too many reasons to enumerate here (but one was the lovely proportions of the boat with mast). Lowering it to 45 degrees solved the covered slip iss with 17 feet of air draft. I also lowered it to that position when in the ICW in south florida with all its 24-foot bridges (air draft was 26 feet with mast up. I was once timed, unbeknownst to me) at 2.5 minutes to raise it and have all four stays secured when exiting my slip. At that angle it did not get in the way of anything.



Can you send me pics on how you did this? I have a 26-ft air draft as well and want to get under our local covered slips. Thanks!
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I think the masts "make" some of them. The smaller MT Trawlers especially. Mine would look almost silly without a proper mast and boom.
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Old 04-22-2022, 03:23 PM   #25
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Thinking about removing my mast and boom. The only thing mounted to it is my anchor light, spreader lights and some kind of round antennae that is not in use.

Thinking about either not have a mast at all or a much shorter mast that wouldn't have all the wire stays running on the upper deck. Maybe have the standard base mount and another solid mount around the mast to connect it to upper deck/aft house area.

If I did shorten it by about 5 feet that would keep my air draft to around 15 feet and if I did need to lower it it would not cut my aft deck in half. I'd still have good visibility on my anchor light.

I plan on adding davits on the stern someday so would not necessarily need the boom.

But I dunno......
I'd go the other way and ask "Any reason to take off my mast and boom"

Reading your post it sounds like it'll cost you money to do, so there's reason #1 why not to.
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Old 04-22-2022, 05:15 PM   #26
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Can you send me pics on how you did this? I have a 26-ft air draft as well and want to get under our local covered slips. Thanks!
That boat's mast pivoted on the aft cabin top several feet below the flying bridge - a critical characteristic to the success of my rig. Boat is long gone, but a couple of surviving photos help illustrate the description. Stainless collar placed around the mast above the yards with a double sheave block with becket attached. A single block was attached to either side of the flying bridge deck about six feet forward of the mast. I rove the 3/8 Dacron sheet line (did not want a lot of stretch going on here) as folows: Becket down to one side block, back to mast block and down to other side block before returning to the second sheave of the mast block before coming down to the bitter end in my hands as I stood on the FB. A hefty cleat attached to the fowd side of the cleat at about chest high assisted in the controlled lowering.
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IMO, I would investigate building a new medal mast and store the original mast for the new owner. It may be a tad bit expensive but, you may want to go back to the original mast after awhile.
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Old 04-23-2022, 08:41 PM   #28
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Reason to keep mast and boom

A mast and boom on a proper trawler is.... "The Way Life Should Be"!
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Old 04-23-2022, 10:07 PM   #29
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My rebuilt mast

I just rebuilt my wood mast. Water was getting in at the top where the wires came out and had several large cracks. Base had been repaired previously .... it was wet. Took about a month to get it dried out, lots of gluing grinding sanding and painting it's finally done. I might have gone with an aluminum mast but had no luck finding one or anyone who was willing to make one. I am sure this was much cheaper too. First picture is without the mast...looks odd to me. Plus where would one put the radar, lights and such? I saw a MS390 with an arch that I thought was very functional but looked odd. The boom was gone when I bought the boat. What I did for what it's worth.
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That boat's mast pivoted on the aft cabin top several feet below the flying bridge - a critical characteristic to the success of my rig. Boat is long gone, but a couple of surviving photos help illustrate the description. Stainless collar placed around the mast above the yards with a double sheave block with becket attached. A single block was attached to either side of the flying bridge deck about six feet forward of the mast. I rove the 3/8 Dacron sheet line (did not want a lot of stretch going on here) as folows: Becket down to one side block, back to mast block and down to other side block before returning to the second sheave of the mast block before coming down to the bitter end in my hands as I stood on the FB. A hefty cleat attached to the fowd side of the cleat at about chest high assisted in the controlled lowering.



Great info, thanks!
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