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Good advice Preserved, thanks for your input.
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yeah, I especially like the tip about tying off the Fig. 8s below the ascenders, I'll be using 2 (a croll & a hand ascender) on my rig & I like the fig. 8 idea if my wife is not there to handle the 2d halyard as a safety line to the back of my harness (Petzl Boss).
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Good advice from PK ... EXCEPT. The Alpine Bod harness is a nut crusher. Oh. Oh. It Hurts Us. Get yourself a nice swami/leg loops combo instead of a diaper harness. You can get a really cush one for $35. Bosun's seats disappeared from wall climbing when good harnesses replaced the Bod ball-manglers. I've spent 8 hours at hanging belays in a swami harness; wasn't fun, but the feeling came back eventually.

Also, I still strongly advise against the Figure8, munter hitch, or tube-style rappel plan. In harbor, with help, okay. At sea, you could be dashed to death unless you had someone working a Fireman's Belay on deck. I prefer any mast-climbing system to be operable by one person -- because maybe the knockdown that just fubared your spreader also busted your partner's ribs....

To that end: fix both ends of the rope with one goodly armload of slack in it. Jumar up; jumar down. It's exactly as easy to go down with ascenders/prussiks as to go up. Motions are identical. And it's a damn sight safer than rapping. No additional equipment needed, no dangerous transfer from one system to another. But yes, tie off short or use a running prussik. If you want to be extra safe, tie off short to a second line, like a spare halyard, in case the rope you are ascending fails.
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