May 15, 1978
Prior to Launching
If you have the mast stepping A-frame option, you may want to step the spar with the boat
on its trailer or cradle. This is a commonly accepted procedure with "trailer sailors" and
provides a more steady work platform than when the boat is afloat.
If you do not have this option, you will need the service of a crane or gin pole to raise the
PLEASE do not attempt to walk the spar up, no matter how much help you have. This
method works well on smaller trailerable boats and was tested on the MEGA with
Be safe, not sorry. Use a crane, gin pole, or the optional A-frame.
Lubricate the screw jack and winch chain if so equipped as described in Sec. 3. 11 .
Check any thru hull fittings and the bilge to ensure that leakage is not occurring.
Turn on main power switch.
Stepping the Spar
The spar is stepped in the deck mounted tabernacle.
The spar should first be laid out on the bow pulpit and the cockpit crutches or on two or more
saw horses and checked carefully. Spreaders should have the pins in place and all standing
rigging should be affixed to the spar. Main upper shrouds should be positioned in spreader
ends and locked. Halyards must run freely and sheaves turn easily. Install and check running
rigging. Examine halyards for wear and replace if necessary. Steaming, mast head and
spreader lights, plus any mast head and spreader lights, plus any mast head wind instruments
should be checked.