Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Near the Pamlico River, North Carolina
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Terry And Paul: I want to go up the mast for all of the mentioned reasons, photos, spotting coral heads, easy access to masthead and spreader lights, etc etc. Wooden rung ratlines definitely seem the way to go. Thanks Terry for the point about being able to climb on either tack.I had just planned to install on one side.
Also thanks for the link to your website. Lots of good ideas. I am working out the installation of a removeable inner forestay for my boat (Pearson 323) and have been wondering how far above the spreaders I can go without adding running backstays. If I go up 3 ft (15% of the length of the mast above the lowers) my staysail is only about 90 sq ft, which seems small for a 13,000 lb boat. (My main is 195 sq ft, and fore triangle is 285) Your boat is very similar to mine in terms of hull dimensions, displacement and ballast. What size is your staysail?
Also, how strong did you think the lower attachment hardware of the stay needs to be? Johnson MArine Hardware offers a Hyfield type lever in the $90 range with a safe working load of 1600lbs, which they advertise as suitable for inner forestays on boats larger than 30 ft.
I will be running a chainplate thru the deck to a bulkhead glassed into the forepeak and feel confident about that end of the stay. Did your naval architect offer any formula for what percentage of the upper mast above the lowers would be a safe attachment point?
I also like your idea of an attachment point for using the vang as a preventer. I'm sure I will continue to mine your site for other great ideas.