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bbush 06-30-2009 10:20 PM

Replacing Deck Light?
 
Hello,

I'm a new sailboat owner with a boat already in the water, and I need to replace the deck light. Are there any neat sailboat tricks to getting 14' up the mast to replace the bulb?

Thanks!

saildork 07-01-2009 12:27 AM

Bosun's chair is probably the simplest and safest. I've seen people use an extension ladder with a loose strap wrapped around the mast and one side of the ladder, but this wouldn't be my first choice.

Stiche 07-01-2009 01:34 PM

1- Use the Force
2- Trampoline
3- Sink the boat, fix the light, float the boat (I hear pingpong balls work)
4- Bosun's Chair

Bosun's chair is probably the most likely to suit your needs

bbush 07-01-2009 01:46 PM

OK, perfect. I think I will try #2 with a Velcro suit, if that does not work I will try a Bosun's chair and if that does not work I will sink the boat and replace the bulb from the dock.

DwayneSpeer 07-01-2009 04:25 PM

Bosun's chair
 
Unless you want your buns squeezed together so tight that you'll be constipated for a week, get (or make) a chair with a solid seat, not one of those that are all fabric.

bbush 07-01-2009 10:14 PM

Thanks for the suggestion and the visual. I weigh 165 lbs is that too much weight for the rigging?

sailingdog 07-01-2009 10:33 PM

Depends on the boat.... for a 14' O'Day Javelin, yeah, it is... for a Gunboat 62 catamaran... three or four of you could go aloft and it wouldn't matter... for boats in-between....it depends. :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by bbush (Post 502097)
Thanks for the suggestion and the visual. I weigh 165 lbs is that too much weight for the rigging?


scottyt 07-01-2009 10:36 PM

165 weight is nothing to sailboat rigging.

if you only need to get up 14 feet how about tying it to the pier and using a halyard to pull the boat over so the mast is over the pier. then you can use a normal step ladder on the pier, by the time its over far enough you might only need an 8 foot ladder

sailingdog 07-01-2009 10:40 PM

This depends on the sailboat...

Quote:

Originally Posted by scottyt (Post 502113)
165 weight is nothing to sailboat rigging.

if you only need to get up 14 feet how about tying it to the pier and using a halyard to pull the boat over so the mast is over the pier. then you can use a normal step ladder on the pier, by the time its over far enough you might only need an 8 foot ladder


bbush 07-01-2009 10:46 PM

The boat is a Catalina 25, it sounds like hoisting me up there shouldn't be a problem then.

I like the idea of leaning the boat over the pier too, my dock is well suited for that, thank you.


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