Going up the mast - Page 2 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Chat  
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #11  
Old 08-22-2013
gamayun's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 518
Thanks: 15
Thanked 25 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 6
gamayun is on a distinguished road
Re: Going up the mast

I use to climb (just at the beginner level) and was taught to tie in with a double figure 8 on a bight. Then an overhand knot can tie off the working end over the standing end to add redundancy. I know the bowline is a secure knot and holds some heavy loads, but I'm curious if it is trusted to not slip loose?
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

s/v Kynntana
Freedom 38
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #12  
Old 08-22-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 137
Thanks: 0
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 6
nolesailor is on a distinguished road
Re: Going up the mast

I just went up the mast on our 28' sailboat for the first time a couple of weeks ago...had a bosun's chair and was winched up (two halyards). From what I understand, it is tough work winching up. Fortunately our neighbor was in his slip, as my wife certainly would not have been able to do it. It is a bit nerve racking as well as the higher you go the boat certainly rocks a bit with all the weight up there - but settles down...and as calm as the day may be, once you get up there it will certainly start to pick up!

If winching, I would suggest hauling yourself up on one halyard while the slack is taken up with the wincher below...

Good Luck...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #13  
Old 08-22-2013
jameswilson29's Avatar
Senior Smart Aleck
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 2,152
Thanks: 34
Thanked 70 Times in 65 Posts
Rep Power: 6
jameswilson29 is on a distinguished road
Re: Going up the mast

Bring a camera and a video recorder: My YouTube video:

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #14  
Old 08-22-2013
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 68
Thanks: 11
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 9
kentobin is on a distinguished road
Re: Going up the mast

TECHNIQUES FOR MAKING A TRIP UP THE STICK SAFER
Good Old Boat - Up the mast article
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #15  
Old 08-22-2013
Tim R.'s Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Portland, Maine
Posts: 1,542
Thanks: 1
Thanked 27 Times in 26 Posts
Rep Power: 13
Tim R. is on a distinguished road
Re: Going up the mast

All good info so far. I will add that you should not rely on a self tailing winch when hoisting someone up a mast. See the warning below.

When there are only two of us we use two halyards both running through locked clutches. One to the hoisting winch and the other nearby to take up slack every 5 or so ft. Our halyards are led to the cockpit. We use climbing harness for short trips and bosuns chairs and harness for longer trips. We also use one of our jack line tethers wrapped around the mast a few times with both ends hooked to the harness. If both halyards fail the tether tightens and stops the fall. It also keeps you near the mast should it be rolly. The person going up will try to climb to help the winching person.

Lewmar issues safety warning on self-tailing winches - Ocean Navigator - March/April 2011
__________________
Tim R.
Out cruising
1997 Caliber 40LRC

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

-----------------------------------------------------
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #16  
Old 08-22-2013
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: surrounded by three small children and 2 dachshunds + foster doxies
Posts: 19
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
windwalker is on a distinguished road
Re: Going up the mast

We've been up the mast 5 times in the last two weeks. It was easiest with a third person to tail.

E
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #17  
Old 08-22-2013
dan8152's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 29
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
dan8152 is on a distinguished road
Re: Going up the mast

great thread and just in time! I just got a new to me Catalina 30 that has mast steps and I will need to go up the mast for winterization soon. I free solo'ed climbing my mast on my C22 when I had to redo a hallyard but my Tall rig is a bit higher and scarier.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #18  
Old 08-22-2013
sailak's Avatar
Crealock 37
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Alaska
Posts: 514
Thanks: 16
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 8
sailak is on a distinguished road
Re: Going up the mast

A way to ease the amount of work is to use block and tackle to hoist you up the mast. I have a 4 to 1 tackle, I use a halyard to raise one set of blocks to the masthead ,the bottom set of blocks is attached to the person ascending. With a light person you can almost pull yourself up the mast using this system. I put the running end through a block at the mast-base and lead it aft to a large winch (or you could use your anchor windlass if equipped with a rope drum).

For safety I have a line attached to my harness that is tied to the running end of the block/tackle with a prusik knot. If my helper forgets to tail, etc the prusik will arrest my decent.
__________________
Dale

S/V Elnora
Pacific Seacraft "Crealock" 37 #312

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #19  
Old 08-23-2013
glymroff's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Vermont
Posts: 96
Thanks: 2
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 6
glymroff is on a distinguished road
Re: Going up the mast

ATN worked for me quite well. Also used alternate safety line to harness.
Concur w/ no one under you. I have the admiral on a winch taking up slack on the safety line. Only one burning energy is me. Flag or spinaker line for tool bag/hoist for the things that are ALWAYS forgotten :-)

Got it used at Bacons, looked like it was tried maybe once! It does take some practice but once you 'get it', it works great.

I hated the bosun's chair.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #20  
Old 08-23-2013
Lubrdink's Avatar
S/V Glenn E
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Jefferson County, KS
Posts: 77
Thanks: 20
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 4
Lubrdink is on a distinguished road
Re: Going up the mast

Our dockmate Michael up the mast.

__________________
"Sailing with a hero"
Honoring S/Sgt Glenn English, Jr, Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism that cost his life in Viet Nam, 9/7/70.
Newport 27 built 1970-Hull # N270088
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Tags
climbing the mast

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Video from the top of the mast: repairing mast light wires jameswilson29 Gear & Maintenance 7 06-03-2013 03:45 PM
Tape under mast track to separate stainless from aluminum mast preservedkillick Gear & Maintenance 1 05-12-2012 01:37 PM
Installing aluminium mast steps on steel mast asivesind Gear & Maintenance 10 01-29-2012 10:05 AM
How to secure steaming light to mast with halyards inside mast. Eihli Gear & Maintenance 7 04-14-2009 03:11 PM
Deck Stepped Mast or Keel Steeped Mast??? tbeargladd General Discussion (sailing related) 36 11-14-2007 08:07 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:30 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.