Re: Going up the mast
I always use 2 halyards, jib and main, tied with bowlines (to a climbing rope that I climb with harness and ascenders). Use redundant systems. There is nothing wrong with using a climbing harness instead of a bosun's chair. If someone were winching me up, I would also double loop a tether around the mast itself to a safety harness, the tether to be undone and rewound once you are past the spreaders.
Your SJ28 mast should easily be able to support your weight in column provided there are no defects. This is a good opportunity for you to inspect the rigging while you are up there.
Last edited by jameswilson29; 08-21-2013 at 03:47 PM.