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Just cause people do it all the time, doesn't make it a good or safe thing to do. When a boat is on the hard, it has NO RIGHTING MOMENT. If the stands slip due to the torque caused by the person's weight aloft, the boat will fall over and the person will smash in to the ground...

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I see folks go up the mast on the hard all the time. If you go straight up, what's the problem?

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I have a practically brand new datamarine wind unit, not the masthead unit, the reader. Let me know if your interested?

BTW, I installed Tack Tick and love it. Yes, on rare occasion one of the displays will go blank, certainly not anymore annoying than having to clean your speed transducer once and a while

Also, I would mention that Tack Tick is selling just the wind units for your exact scenerio...I would look at them before you buy. Mounting a photo on the wall takes more skill than installing the mast head unit

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Whether or not to unstep the mast really comes down to whether or not the wire passes through easily. On a lot of deck stepped masts, it's next to impossible to pull a wire through. The easiest way to find out is to send a person aloft to pull while a second person is at the base of the mast pulling on the same wire. If it moves up and down easily, you're golden. But sadly, that isn't likely.
If you are keel stepped, your chances are much better.
Either way, you should keep in mind the added difficulty and time in doing these kind of jobs at the top of a mast. Especially if you are planning to do it yourself and don't have a lot of experience. It is almost certain that you will run into a snag or two.

One more thing. If you do un-step the stick to do this work. Have the rigger remove the Windex (unless you are going to replace it anyway) before they drop it. And have him leave both the Windex and the wind instrument off until the mast is stepped again. It's not that hard to go up and put them on later. And a lot less expensive if they get hung up on the crane cable.
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