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s a photo of our Tiki 30 coming up from aft. David www.boatsmith
Question, i know this is an old thread, but why cant you just raise the mast and THEN put the pod on?
@Steven: I usually take the mast down every season and taking the pod off is not something you want to do very often, especially once you have it all set up with cable runs into it etc.
We eventually went for a stainless steel tabernacle along the lines of the lash up pictured above. It has turned out to be something of a White Elephant for the following reasons:
1. We are in the Med and you can not dry out which makes the operation much trickier
2. Getting the mast taken out / put in is much cheaper on the continent than in the UK
3. The engineer who made the tabernacle did not appreciate the amount of movement in a Wharram so we have a bit of precision engineering on a boat that moves so it gets out of alignment and is a pig to get set up again.
Having said that, it is very reassuring that if necessary we can lower and raise the mast ourselves. If I was doing it again I would bite the bullet, turn round all the fittings on the mast and lower the mast over the bow.
Interesting thoughts on that. Im currently in the process of redrawing tiki 30 plans of my own to modify and stretch her before i begin building. For me, I live near some very large lakes and am a few hours from Puget Sound, so (somewhat) easy trailerability is a must for me. Also being in a northern climate makes the pod a necesssity as well, as trips to Alaska will be happening. This makes me thing I should kit out any deckpod electronics/accessories in either a very accessible manner or go the route you are.
Appreciate the response, this keeps me thinking and making progress on my redesign.
One thing I forgot to mention: when the mast is hinged on the top of the beam (which ours was) you can tie off lines to the beam ends to keep it straight as the mast goes up / comes down and they do not need adjusting as everything is close enought to being in the same plane so the lengths do not change. With our pivot point having been moved higher this no longer applies and we have to adjustthe lines as the mast comes down which adds complexity and means it would be virually impossible to do at sea.
That is pretty much what we have except the pivot point is a fitting rivetted on to the mast, see the attached pic with the mast down and set up for hoisting