Join Date: Jun 2000
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A couple of strong, heavy guys pulling a light kid up the mast? What could go wrong? The two guys might total 600 pounds, so when the 150 pound kid gets four feet up from them, his leverage is equal to theirs. Another foot, and he outleverages them by 150 pounds. Up he goes. Someone's (doesn't matter whose) weight goes off-center, and suddenly, that's 150 foot/pounds multiplied by each foot of height heeling the boat over. Everybody scrambles to keep the boat upright, and overcorrects, so the boat capsizes to the opposite side, with the mast hitting the kid on the head (he's attached to it!), possibly knocking him out or cracking his skull.
Everybody goes swimming. You still haven't reeved the jib halyard.
Pulling the boat over by the main halyard and having someone climb a steipladder that you've brought down to the dock is starting to look a LOT smarter.