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About blueranger

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  • Birthday 10/26/1963

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    South Dakota
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    Sailing, fixing busted sailboats,

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  1. I'm really missing my ranger 22 right about now even though it was a basket case. That mast I actually did walk up by myself and just hauled the forestay down to its mount. This is South Dakota. There are 2 kinds of boats here. Pontoon boats and $85,000 bass boats. When I tell people I have a sailboat they just look baffled. I seriously doubt anybody is walking up a 30 foot mast here. I'm old but not that frail. Yet. It's not the weight it's the wind. I'm going the quick and dirty route of glassing in new screws, recounting the plate with new SS screws and renting a crane to rai
  2. Thanks folks. I’m still following this thread. SShow bob and xyzzy had valid points. After a lot of thinking I’ve decided to get some epoxy, drill out the old holes, drill new ones and sink the step with slightly longer screws. I think they are just wood screws. I thought about the thru bolt idea and while I think it has merit, what happened just resulted in a week delay and a reasonably quick fix. Had it been thru-bolted my season would have been over before it ever started. Monday I’m calling around to crane services. I’m done trying to lift that fucker by myself. Thank you again f
  3. My first attempt at raising the mast was with a gin pole and the line running to a block on the front back to a winch on the coaming. Worked great til it got up out of the crutch. 20 mph wind is considered a still day in South Dakota and that day it was a little breezy. Figure 30 mph gusts. The last mast I raised was on a Ranger 22. Walked it right up. This mast is a fucking behemoth. Shopping now for someone around here with a bucket truck or outright crane.
  4. Okay, full damage assessment. Mast is not bent. Thank you Jesus. Mast step has 3screws brutally ripped from the mother boat. Amazingly, one screw was still holding the plate onto the deck. One hole in the step bracket is very slightly elongated but not enough for me to worry about. After a quick beer, or 3, it’s not as bad as I thought. I don’t think I need to do any fiberglass work other than filling the holes. So, drill the holes out to clean them up, order the factory screws from Catalina Direct and put them back in, or drill out holes, fill with some sort of epoxy and drill in s
  5. So after 3 years of painting, sanding, refitting, and essentially pouring every disposable dime I had into this boat, I went to launch my boat yesterday. For various reasons I was unable to use the arch made out of old telephone poles and a railroad timber to step the mast. I had the mast attached to the mast plate and the end sitting 8 feet in the air on a wooden crutch at the stern to ease the stepping process. After discovering that we had no ladder high enough to route a line through the pulley at the top of the telephone pole contraption I lowered the mast back into the crutch and he
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