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post #11 of 25 Old 10-28-2010
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I have Mast Mate and used it successfully to go up my mast. I could *never* have used a bosuns chair. I am not terrified of heights but I am uncomfortable and definitely didn't like the idea of hanging at the end of a rope. I tried various top-climbers etc and didn't like them either. Mast mate made all the difference, plus I don't need anyone else to pull me up.

One thing that helped me is to add some sort of a webbing harness around your ches that you can clip around the mast - that way you can have both hands free to do work up there.
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I have one and love it. Only problem is that if you have to stand in the stirrups for a while to complete a job, the feet start getting sore because the soft stirrups want to roll your foot.


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I have one and love it. Only problem is that if you have to stand in the stirrups for a while to complete a job, the feet start getting sore because the soft stirrups want to roll your foot.
I also noted that but found that wearing shoes with hard soles (rather than my usual boat shoes) and also standing intermittently on one foot, then the other - helps.
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I have one and love it. Only problem is that if you have to stand in the stirrups for a while to complete a job, the feet start getting sore because the soft stirrups want to roll your foot.
Hell, I also have one, but I have to say that if you find easy to get to the top of mast with that thing, than you are in better shape than I am

But mine has no slides, you just tight it at the bottom of the mast and you lose lots of energy looking for the steps. Funny that I was thinking in modifing it that way, I mean putting slides along the steps. Now I Know that works

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And of course Harken Batcars preclude this process altogether.


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I've got a Mastmate too, and love it. The top 2 stairs on mine have metal reinforcements so they are easier to stand on while working at the top of the mast. I use the optional work/safety belt that helps prevent falling backwards too.

Overall I love it and find it pretty easy to get to the top. As has been mentioned, of course, you have to take the main mostly out to feed the sliders into the channel, so no working on the main. One other minor difficulty I've found: tricky raising it when a good breeze is hitting it from the stern because the steps can wedge into the spreader joints

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And of course Harken Batcars preclude this process altogether.
So would a Tides Strong mast track IIRC.

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Question for those of you that have them, How old are they?

Sounds like there may be some variations thru the years?!?!?! ie some now have mast slugs, some metal or equal at the top step so the foot does not roll. I would imagine that there may have been some advancements to the design? or knock offs?

I have thought about one of these for myself.

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