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Bosun''''s Chair Saftey
Six additional thoughts:
1. Wear a climbing harness on the backup rope, but sit in a "bosuns chair" that is tied to the primary (because most bosuns chairs are more comfortable than harnesses on extended loft excercises).
2. Consider carefully what halyard you''ll use to ascend the mast. Some don''t go all the way up/stop short due to rollerfurling, etc. gear attached at top.
3. If possible, tie the tools to the bosuns chair. Many wrenches, etc. have holes in them for this purpose. Even if you don''t hit anyone below, the tool will damage the deck, cost you time, and may even go overboard!
4. Bring a camera. Photograph anything that puzzles you to bring to an expert. Besides, it''s a good record to have of the rigging, etc.
5. Some daredevils use the bosuns chair to stand on while working on the very top of mast. In this case, you''d better be tied off twice with the backup climbing harness. I don''t recommend putting yourself at risk like this.
6. If you''re not completely familiar with the procedures involved in hoisting someone above deck (i.e. do it at least once every two weeks or more often), hire a professional to show you how. It''s not just the gear and how to attach it but communication, etc. The wealth of information that is conveyed in one proper session cannot be condensed into a post here.
So, even if you think you know, ask again. Your life might depend on it.