Gin Pole With Winch
Larger drawing of gin pole with dimensions
gin pole was used on earlier hull numbers to raise the
mast. It worked adequately, but left room for improvement.
Catalina changed the system to an integrated trailer system.
with the gin pole can improve it by abandoning the block and tackle and
adding a winch.
The system works in all ways as the
original except the winch replaces the block and tackle and eases the
effort greatly. This is especially true when stopping the
process as it was very difficult to get the line uncleated using the
block and tackle. The operator is now in a much better position
monitor the raising/lowering compared to having ones back turned while
hauling on the B&T.
A mod shown in the second picture is the
conversion to a telescoping pole which reduces storage space needed.
Finally deciding to keep my old Honda 8 for the
dinghy (with the benefit of planing), I built a
pallet to store the motor in the aft berth as its too big to store on
any railing. When cruising, the aft berth cushions are not
unless I have a third person aboard and then only the larger cushion is
for a quarter berth, otherwise a cheap piece of carpet is laid aft.
Finding a relatively easy way of handling
the motor played into the decision to keep it. The gin pole used
for mast raising seemed the obvious solution but the pole needed
adapted to work with mast eyes. This was simple to do by drilling
a 1/4" hole for a quick pin and using a shackle to attach to the mast
eye. An additional mast eye was made to insert into the mast slot
for aft of the mast use while forward uses the whisker pole eye.
The pole now provides easy lifting of the dinghy to the forward
deck where it is slid under the life lines to ride cross wise to the
deck just aft of the anchor locker. Going to the bow to anchor is
no problem, simply step into and cross.
Lifting the motor in and out of the aft berth storage is also
simple though it does require two people, one on the winch and the
other guiding the motor on or off the wood pallet. The good part
is that there is no lifting or straining at any time. The process
is easy and takes only a few minutes.
btw.... there are some advantages to the gin pole system over
- Single handed mast raising is easier to do as the operator
stays on top
- Mast raising can be done either on or off the trailer, for
river travel for example..
- The newer system using the bow
stop... makes adding a bow anchor roller difficult.
- The gin pole is available for
other lifting needs.
- The dinghy to the foredeck
- The dinghy motor into the
cabin and aft berth storage
Caution: Remember that a single pole unlike the popular A
frame design, requires the use of side or baby stays while hoisting the