Join Date: May 2011
Location: Richmond, VA
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Re: Mast work
I think most bosun chairs are rated in the low 200 lbs. I believe ours is rated at the same, 220 lbs.
I use a climbing harness, ascender ladder attached to the harness, and ascenders, use my legs to do all the work. I have a safety line and that is run back to a winch where my wife helps but also primarily takes up the slack in the line. Fairly easy and safe. The problem with bosun chairs that there is a possibility of felling out if you are stretching for something or not paying attention.
We don't use the cabin #18 winches, we use the #48 aft two speed winches, run the line through the genoa car which provides a better lead to the aft winches.
S2 11.0A 36'