tabernacle mast step

  • April 23, 2016 1:45 AM
    Message # 3979645
    Deleted user

    I have a tabernacle mast step t the base of the mast is cut away to enable it to be lowered forward, I have never seen this done has anyone else got this set up ??

  • April 23, 2016 9:30 AM
    Reply # 3980378 on 3979645
    Yes, it's a common option.  You will need to rig a temporary bridal from the aft end of the boom to the midship upper shrouds on both sides to manually lower the mast.  Ideally the bridal should attach on the shrouds at the same height as the mast hinge pin.

    I suspect there are some more complete instructions in one of Buds manuals.


  • April 23, 2016 9:35 AM
    Reply # 3980381 on 3979645

    Hey Rob , I think W28's came that way . We have a Sparcraft mast that has the cut out , We are the 3rd. owner and I was the first to use the tabernacle on ours . The cut out was not big enough so when I lowered it the mast cut through the aluminum deck tube . 

  • April 24, 2016 8:39 PM
    Reply # 3982396 on 3979645
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here is the link to a video from 2002 of Bud Taplin lowering a mast... enjoy

    Last modified: April 24, 2016 8:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • April 25, 2016 1:56 AM
    Reply # 3983055 on 3979645
    Deleted user

    I got. access denied but found the clip on you tube thanks. was that just the halyard and the topping lift running back from the mast head to the boom? t

  • April 25, 2016 8:51 AM
    Reply # 3983976 on 3979645

    Hey Rob , when we lowered our mast we just used the topping lift . We got away with it , If we ever did it again I would use  topping and halyard . What work are you doing to the mast ? M .

  • April 25, 2016 3:52 PM
    Reply # 3984643 on 3979645

    The mast lowering procedure is described on Page A-21 of my Westsail Service Manual.  You can view it on line at, or send me an email and I will send a copy of the page. 

  • April 26, 2016 1:02 AM
    Reply # 3985263 on 3979645
    Deleted user

    I'm putting her in a shed to have the bottom repaired properly and need to drop the stick to get her in. I'll fork out for the travel lift to lower it on the way in as it has a crane on it, but when I stand it I might try and stand it myself. Only thing is getting the stick up on the deck. It'll be handy for going under bridges if I need to though.. You don't know what height is lowered do you and how well balanced it would be steaming?