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post #9 of Old 06-20-2013
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Re: Mast work

I can hoist my wife up the mast. But I'm to heavy for her to hoist me (even using the genoa winch). So I have had to send her up the mast several times

I have been looking for a solution to get up the mast without hiring a winch gorilla.

I made this device from a old piece of plywood, a camcleat, two eye straps and some bolts.

It's movable step that I put on a dyneema halyard (dyneema so it wont stretch to much when climbing), the end of the hallyard are attached to the mast ring and winched tight.
I use a bosuns chair attached to another hallyard.
Standing on the step the hallyard on the bosuns chair gets tightend, then I lift the climber with my foots while sitting in the bosuns char. Repeat x times.

By using this device my wife only has to take the slack on the halyard.
Going down I release the cam cleat and bring the step down with me.

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