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Climbing the mast ... to bix a roller furling problem...

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Quick question, my 30ft boat has a deck mounted mast I need to climb it, all the way to the top. I weight 230lbs, my brother will be supporting the other end of the rope from the deck...he weighs 250lbs. The 4 lower and 2 upper shrouds are new...

Question: should I be concered about climbing the mast while docked in the marina...? I mean more from a weight or stress on the mast issue...

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Well, my 230 lb buddy has winched me to the top of his Capri 26 mast as many as 4 times in an afternoon to fix stuff with no visible strain on the rigging, but I only weigh 160. Don't you have any small friends ?
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Not any that are not scared to do it....I am not scared I just want to make sure it is feasable first...

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No problem but be sure to have TWO hoists on you and take up the slack as you go up. You should have an extra person on deck taking up the slack and tailing the main hoist line around a second winch or cleat for safety.
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Thanks... I was out today in Biscayne bay, the wind alternated from 15-25kt and when I decided to reef the Genoa and it got stuck. Me and my brother pulled and pulled to get it in with no luck. I then turned us into the wind, but it took us 10 minutes to get the genoa rolled in.

A cable at the top broke and wrapped around the genoa, so I have to go up and fix it...

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Just be aware that if you did wrap a halyard around the genoa, you may have broken the roller furling foil.... which is a pretty common problem in this type of situation.

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I just feel sorry for the guy who has to do the hoisting.

I would look again for lighter crew willing to make the climb. Maybe someone from the local club or from your docks would help you out.

If you find some young high school aged kid, offer him a couple bucks.

If you find a twenty something deck hand, offer him a 6-pack.

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And if you find a cute, 20-something boat bunny... offer her dinner and a sail...

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"if you find a cute, 20-something boat bunny... offer her dinner and a sail." IF SHE'S STILL INTERESTED MARRY HER ....I did and weve been happily sailing since.
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