There has been
much evolution of mast raising
systems. One of the latest is illustrated here. It uses a
frame built from 2X4s or electrical conduit. The A frame has a
or block at the apex and a small trailer winch bolted to one leg.
It stands on
the deck inside the mid ship stanchions and is simply lashed in
As it is non rotating, it uses a fixed line to the stem fitting to hold
its position and a bungee or line from one of the legs aft serves
the remaining support. A line from the small winch routes to the
sheave and then to a stirrup that wraps and is hauled up the mast to
just under the lower stays by
the mainsail halyard.
This A frame is a non rotating
makes its length non critical and easier to construct and position than
a rotating design. The legs fold together at
rest for easy
storage. If it were needed for river travel, it could be built using
collapsing tubes and made quite compact.
above system works very well for the single hander because it places
them in a position to handle the roller furler at same time as cranking
the winch. An optional method would lead the hoisting line from a
turning block at the apex of A frame through a jib car and aft to a
sheet winch with the advantage of saving the cost of a trailer winch.
A two height simple mast crutch can also be built
from 2X4 and plywood scraps.