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Best way to send someone up the mast
I need to fix a light fixture halfway up my mast. Surprisingly, I can't find much info on what the best/safest technique is for doing this. I won't go up--my weight and strength are better used on deck---I'll get one of my skinny friends to do it.
Actually, I think I understand how to get someone up there: put them in the bosun's chair, hook it to a halyard, and start cranking. I think I can even run the halyard off the cabintop to on of my primaries for more torque.
My bigger concern: how to get them down. I mean, I understand that you can slowly let out a loaded sheet or halyard if you have enough wraps on the winch, but I'm a bit more concerned when I have a live person attached to it.
Alternatively, I think there's a way I could run the halyard to my anchor windlass. Would that be preferable to using a winch?
Catalina 350 "Golden Handcuffs" sailing out of Galveston Bay, TX