Topper mast on the Minstrel

When I went up the Medway I had not worked out a rig that I could drop

motoring without hope is a thankless thing to do

when we went up the Nene I could sail

the Minstrel rig is droppable but heavy - so I looked around the garage and found a Topper rig. All I needed was a mast step

I canibalised the old frames from the duck punt and turned them into a mast step

and jolly good it is too


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4 Responses to “Topper mast on the Minstrel”

  1. 20 October, 2012 at 9:23 amSteve says:

    Bit worried how fast that mast came down – you need a A frame…. :o))

  2. 20 October, 2012 at 3:14 pmvictor says:

    I’ve used a gin pole on my boat (28′ alum. mast). Never on the water. Bit of a process. Have a look: Down this site a bit the fellow explains how to build and use the pole. Simple might be the better option.

  3. 20 October, 2012 at 8:40 pmDylan Winter says:

    that is a great blog

    and a wonderful boat the man has

    take a look chaps

  4. 21 October, 2012 at 4:52 pmLuis says:

    You are one clever guy. Brilliant idea.

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