Raising the mast is made pretty simple using the
ginpole and mainsheet. However, the pole is pretty light and can flex during the
raising operation. I've stepped the mast maybe 30 times and the shrouds can get
hung up if you are not paying attention. That's how I bent the pole. I got
in the habit of using the starboard winch to help get it up. I just
kept cranking and cranking and could not understand why it was so hard until I
noticed the ginpole start to bend. A shroud had gotten hung up. As a result
I no longer use the winch - I get better feedback on how it's going from just
pulling on the mainsheet.
Maybe Hunter makes the pole flimsy for just that
reason -- it's better to bend the pole than break something else? I had the pole
straightened but would like to see it a little stiffer. The pole supplied by
Hunter is 8 ft 2 inches. I found that 1/2 inch black plumbers pipe fits inside
the pole nicely. The pole is a lot stiffer now but it's also pretty heavy and I
have to make sure all shrouds are free, or I'm sure to break something pretty
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