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Yesterday, I repaired a ground wire that had split, preventing my mast light from functioning. Here is the video from the top of the mast:

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Amazing! do you make boat calls James?
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Did you hoist yourself up there?
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Re: Video from the top of the mast: repairing mast light wires

Yes, I climbed a climbing rope I hoisted up the mast with bowlines tied to the jib and main halyards, using old-style Jumar Ascenders, Fish aiders, a climbing harness with 2 loops and 3 carabiners.
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Wow! You have guts. I have a climbing harness and have considered having someone help winch me up using the harness, but I don't think I'd try climbing the mast myself.
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Re: Video from the top of the mast: repairing mast light wires

That's hardcore! It reminds me of this clip ... except with James played by Robert Redford:

Actually, I bought a used ATN Top Climber two years ago, but I have been to chicken to use it. This spring, I demasted and had the boat re-rigged, so I may never use it. I should sell it. It's just hanging in a locker.
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Re: Video from the top of the mast: repairing mast light wires

I've used my ATN Mastclimber solo once, and with crew helping (managing a halyard as a backup/safety line) a few times. It makes climbing the stick a lot easier. It's still not my favorite place to be and I'm happy when I'm back on the deck, but I'm glad that I have that tool available.

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Yes, I keep my climbing gear on the boat when cruising. I hope I will never have to use it at sea, but it is always there as an option if I lose a halyard.
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