If it turns out you must go up the mast, the traditional method to get up the mast is a bosun''s chair bought at West or Boat US. You will want at least two other people to help - preferably someone who has done it before. The chair and you are hoisted up on a halyard . Use a second halyard, like the spinnaker
, as a safety line
just in case the main breaks. Do not use a snap shackle
to attach the halyard to the chair - they have been known to pop open. If your crew lacks experience I would have them hoist you a few feet and then lower you down so they get the feel of the lowering procedure before you''re 35 feet up. You will need a guy to crank and another to tail. The tailer can also tend the safety line
which should be cleated off as you go up. We usually go about 6 feet or so and then take up the slack on the safety halyard and repeat. If your Morgan has an old style halyard winch
- the kind with a brake - they have been known to slip, so again the safety of a second halyard is important. With this type of winch
you don''t need someone to tail, so the second guy can tend your backup halyard.
When you relaunch in the spring you will need to go up anyways at that time to inspect your rig
- always a good idea when the mast is stored up.