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Going Aloft: Lessons Learned

What was easy at 27 is still doable at 47, just much harder.
The spreaders don't look far from the deck, but the deck looks far from the spreaders.
What I learned in the coast Guard is still good.
I went up the stick yesterday, hauling myself up with a tackle. Twenty years ago I just pulled myself up the main halyard. But I was stronger and lighter then.
I put bird spikes on the spreaders, they passed their first test. Every bird that approached veered off at the last second.
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Way to go WanderingStar!

It's a great feeling, isn't it?

Where did you get the bird spikes?

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bird spikes

On my Pearson 33-2 I had bird problems and used electrical ties (clear or white) and spaced them every two inches with their tails sticking up. Worked like a charm, cheap, not very visible and easy to install.

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Thanks Brad.
I got the spikes at a local hardware store, they are the steel ones.
I considered using wire ties, but I wasn't sure if it would work, and I didn't want to go up twice!
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The spreaders don't look far from the deck, but the deck looks far from the spreaders.
I'm going to remember that one.

I got handed down a mastmate climbing dealy-bob. That sure makes going up the mast easier over the wife winching me up on the halyard.

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WanderingStar - You are so right. At 52 I'm in good shape, running 2 half marathons (slowly) in the last year. I went up the mast 3 times this summer and marvel that when I was 19, I would shimmy up the mast on a 33' boat to replace the masthead light. I would work one handed and then slide down. And it happened more than once since I worked at a boatyard. Amazing. I'm not sure that I could get to the first set of spreaders on my boat nowadays.

My wife loves winching me up the mast ... good upper body workout, she says. She's such a jock.

I had so much fun writing that last part, that I erased it twice... instead of "winching", there are other more fun verbs...

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Hoist away Honey!
My girl Jane couldn't stop joking about "going up the mast" yesterday.
When I went aloft on my Pennant Sloop,(twenty years ago) I tied the halyard around my thighs and hauled on the running part. This time I rigged a gun tackle, hauled that up with the halyard, then pulled myself up in a bosn's chair. As ever, my legs were more tired from bracing myself than my arms from hauling. I took a hitch below the block to hold it up, and of course used a safety harness as backup.
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