This gang plank holds the cockpit right-side-up on the trailer. There is a "strong back" that fits in the mast slot and has tackle to raise up the cockpit and transport it to the back of the boat. It is also used to help move the mast. This combined with the rear support gizmo make it real easy. After lowering the mast onto the support, you pick up the base-near the mast ball and just walk forward. The rear end of the mast is on the tripod and it follows you like a trailer. you walk off the cockpit and onto the gangplank and put the mast on the front support roller. Then you attach the bolt that holds the rear mast support to the trailer, push the support wheels up and re-pin them.
This one is really helpful. Ive tried a few ideas on how to make raising and lowering the mast easier. This thing sits on a bracket on the back end of the trailer, like the original mast support. It was made from the original mast support. You pull a pin out and the wheels drop down. Then you re-install the pin to lock the wheels and remove the screw holding it to the trailer. At that point the whole bracket can roll back, away from the trailer. It is, at this point, still secured to the mast tightly. The mast is also sitting on a roller at the front of the trailer. The whole thing rolls back very easily. Then you loosen the strap that secures the mast to this support. The support then tilts itself forward and rests on the leg in front. The mast is ready to be raised.
This solved the trailer roller issue. I was looking for aluminum or stainless in the scrap bin and I came upon a bronze pump shaft. I sliced it up and worked it on my lathe. I also bought scissor jacks and modified them so they can be set quickly with a cordless drill. I think this is solved finally; this was a pain for years.
This is way out there. I couldnt find a boarding ladder I liked. I refuse to have little gizmos on the deck that my kids (or anyone) can stub there feet on. I had some leftover Balsa core and some good thin plywood. I found some carbon fiber cut-offs on eBay for rungs. This is vacuum Bagged together and weighs almost nothing. The epoxy is probably the heaviest part. It is tapered at the bottom so it could be stored in the bow of the boat. It will be velcroed to the underside of the deck when stowed. It is secure, when in use, by a strap that goes around the winch. It works well but it was a lot of work. It would probably retail for $1000.
Here is the box on the boat. Note there is a stainless carabineer on the crossbeam. When the anchor and rode are in the box they get clipped together so it all stays intact. Very convenient; its well above the waves. No more yelling at anyone to get the anchor out and Be careful you dont bang it against the canopy