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There was a thread a while back about raising the mast. I had been dismasted last December and after Winter and working to get a new mast, I had enough money from
insurance to hire a yard to do it. In the Wharram tradition, I decided to see if I could do it myself. I sometimes screw up, thus the broken mast, and also some
apprehension about raising the new mast by my own design. I only moved it on board for the foot of the mast to reach the mast step in the middle of the boat. I had a
whale of a bowsprit. The foot was lashed to a stanchion just forward of where the mast would be, and an ordinary extension ladder was used as a strut where the main
halyard and topping lift were secured. A line was led through a snatch block at the rear crosstube to a winch, and a towing strap on the extension ladder led to a come-
along to a line to a cleat on the starboard aft deck. The greatest effort was when the mast was horizontal, after that it got easier.