Undo the Standing Rigging

Tying up the loose shrouds Pulling the pins of the upper shrouds

Remove the clevis pins from lower shrouds and tie or tape the shrouds neatly to the mast. You don't want anything getting caught while you're lowering the mast.

Two crewmembers man the primary winch--one to crank and the other to tail. They should tension the tackle to provide support as the rigging is loosened. While one person is holding the base of the mast, another can remove the pins from the backstay and uppers.

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Subtitled "turn a rundown fiberglass boat into a first-class yacht on a shoestring budget," this book is the best introduction I know boat maintenance for the new or prospective owner of a "modern classic" sailboat. Starting with guidelines for selecting a boat, Casey proceeds to fiberglass repairs, cabin and deckwork, spars and rigging, boat equipment, woodwork, electrical, plumbing, refrigeration, painting, canvas work and sails. All of this is described in clear, simple terms perfect for the inexperienced. This is the book that taught me fiberglass work. But don't let it fool you; this book is appropriate for experienced boatowners, too. I still refer to it.

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