Helm & Crew
Mast Ram & Mast Puller
The mast ram (pusher) system operates in opposition to the
mast puller, which is described later. Both systems originate from the mast
lever, which hangs down underneath the foredeck approximately 12 inches in
front of the mast. The lever is connected to the mast just below the gate by an
aluminium strut, whilst from the bottom of the lever the two systems (ram and
puller) are led backwards and forwards respectively.
In the case of the ram, a 4:1 rope purchase (using red 4mm
spectra) is provided, which of course multiplies the purchase the lever itself
provides. This line is then led down to the floor, and back to the top of the
The mast puller is only used in light winds, so is led to
the front bulkhead (aft end of foredeck), where it can be operated by the crew.
Running forward from the mast lever is a 3:1 purchase system underneath the
foredeck using yellow 4mm pre-stretched line, which then runs back and exits
through one of three large plastic deck bushes that are set into the front
bulkhead; behind each of these (and consequently very neatly hidden) is a cam
cleat mounted upside-down.
It is obviously fairly important when using either the ram
or puller to ensure that it's counterpart is released; both are fairly powerful
systems, and damage could potentially occur if they were used against each
Mast ram /puller
mounted under the fore deck.
Hidden cleats on the port side for furler and
spinnaker hatch cover.