Gin Pole Instructions

This Gin Pole is engineered to lift up to 500 lbs. vertically. It is not designed to lift diagonally. Follow these instructions to avoid damage and/or injury.

STEPPING MASTS

Lower the lifting hook to about 4 feet above your boatís deck as it sits on its trailer.

Position your boat so that the lifting hook is positioned about 1 foot in front of the mast step.

Position the mast on top of the boat so that its balance point is aligned with the mast step. Do Not position the mast with the mast foot attached to the mast step or placed at the mast step. This will put dangerous diagonal stress on the gin poleís boom during lifting and may damage your mast.

Tie a lifting line around the mast, just below the lower spreaders and lower shrouds. This line will need to be loose enough to slide down the mast after it is erected. It might be helpful to leave a tail on the loop for retrieval, however, the weight of the gin pole hook should do the job.

Loosen the standing rigging enough to allow clearance between the mast foot and the mast step, when the mast is lifted to the vertical position.

Attach the gin poleís lifting hook to the lifting line you placed around the mast.

Using your own winch handle, start lifting the mast as a helper guides the mast foot to the mast step.

Step the mast as is appropriate for your boat.

After the mast is supported, lower gin pole hook and detach from the lifting line.

Return hook to the top of the gin pole and secure line to cleat.

Check mast clearance. Most boats will have to back up to clear, the gin poleís boom.

Donít forget your winch handle.

Happy Sailing!

(If you have suggestions or comments about these instructions, or for membership information, please contact the Lake Granby Yacht Club, lgyc.homestead.com The Arapaho National Recreation Area , may be contacted at 887-4100)

UNSTEPPING MASTS

1. Position boat so mast is approximately 1 ft behind the gin pole hook.

Lower the gin pole hook to approximately 4 feet above the boatís deck.

Tie a lifting line around the mast. This loop will need to be large enough to slide up the mast as far as the lower shrouds or spreaders.

Attach the gin pole hook to the lifting loop.

Using the winch, raise the gin pole hook and lifting loop up until it has a slight lifting action.

Loosen the running rigging as is appropriate for your boat.

Using gin pole winch, lift mast as a helper holds the mast foot.

Slowly ease out line, at winch, as a helper guides the mast to its storage position. Keep the mast in a balanced position by guiding the mast foot to the bow of boat as the winch is being eased out. DO NOT leave the mast foot attached to the mast step. This will put dangerous diagonal stress on the gin poleís boom, which could cause damage or injury.

Detach gin pole hook and raise hook to top position. Secure gin pole line to cleat.

Donít forget your winch handle.

(If you have suggestions or comments about these instructions, or for membership information, please contact the Lake Granby Yacht Club, lgyc.homestead.com The Arapaho National Recreation Area , may be contacted at 887-4100)

 

DISCLAIMER

Neither the Lake Granby Yacht Club nor the Arapahoe National Recreation Area is responsible, in any way for use of the gin pole or any of its attachments. Users of this facility are solely responsible for the use of the pole and its equipment.