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post #7 of Old 01-15-2013
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Re: Climbing the mast

Mast steps add weight to the mast and tend to snag halyards.

I have tested different solutions for climbing or help the person at the winch hoisting me.

This movable step is made of a piece of plywood, one cleat and two eye straps.

You need a free halyard to put the step on.

I use it with a good bosuns chair like this - I strap securely into this.

When going up the mast with a helper on deck the procedure is like this.

1) I stand on the step.
2) Helper take the slack on the halyard's (use two for safety)
3) Lift the step using my foot
4) Stand up in the step
Repeat 2-4 until at the top

Doing work at the top can get awkward hanging in a bosuns chair.
If I need to get higher up I can stand on the step.

Going down i bring the step with me as my helper lower me down.

I have found that this step is more stable than foot loops.

This step can be used in combination with ascenders if you like to climb solo.

Last edited by knuterikt; 01-16-2013 at 01:20 PM.
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