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Paying someone to climb the mast?

Hey guys, I have an issue with my boat(35 Yorktown). I unhooked the main halyard to do some work on the main sail and before I knew it the halyard shot to the top of the mast UGH! I don't have any experience climbing the mast or helping someone up(plus I'm 215 lbs). Anyone know of someone I can pay to do it? The boat is in cabrillo marina San Pedro ca.

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Re: Paying someone to climb the mast?

I would think that there are riggers around you could call on.. but ask around the marina, it's likely you'll find someone who won't mind doing you a favour as long as you (or they) have the right equipment (your halyards and a decent chair)

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GREETINGS EARTHLING ; Can you drop the stick without too much hassel and do all the rest of the work from the deck? GO SAFE
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Re: Paying someone to climb the mast?

It may be possible to tie a bunch of progressively smaller poles together with a treble hook tied at the very end and snag the sucker that way. I've done this before to retrieve a halyard on a boat with a 26' mast. I'd start with a boat hook and then use small-diameter bamboo poles to extend it. Just don't fall in the drink while looking up and doing this.

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I've done something similar, but I used the jib halyard and a coat hanger. Make sure you tie a downhaul to the hanger!
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Re: Paying someone to climb the mast?

Put 20 gallons of water in a barrel (punch a small hole in the bottom) on your jib halyard and winch it up. Climb into the bosuns seat made fast to the taut halyard and release .When you arrive at the masthead (watch out for the spreaders) grab the errant main halyard and wait for the water to leak out.Be sure to have extracted fingers from the sheave before the return.. Variations on this tried and true method of halyard retrieval are known through out the fiber glass boating community.
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Re: Paying someone to climb the mast?

While it's really not that hard to have someone haul you up...I weigh 205 and have been up mine twice. It may practical to just 'pay' someone to make the trek for you. It's especially easy since your not having them re-wire or change bulbs....a youngster would have an easy time grabbing the end of your halyard. I use a boson seat and use another halyard a/w a safety tie off [if I plan on being up there a while]

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Put 20 gallons of water in a barrel (punch a small hole in the bottom) on your jib halyard and winch it up. Climb into the bosuns seat made fast to the taut halyard and release .When you arrive at the masthead (watch out for the spreaders) grab the errant main halyard and wait for the water to leak out.Be sure to have extracted fingers from the sheave before the return.. Variations on this tried and true method of halyard retrieval are known through out the fiber glass boating community.
Really? Never heard of this -- this sounds somewhere between extremely clever or complete lunacy (and making the user a potential Darwin Award candidate). Assuming this isn't urban legend (it's on the interweb, so it's gotta be true, right?), this obviously ain't happenin' if your halyards are internal. I envision some poor bloke sitting at the top of his mast as it starts to get dark out because the @#%^&! hole in the barrel either got clogged or didn't leak fast enough (and of course he left his phone in the cockpit so he wouldn't drop it...).
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While it's really not that hard to have someone haul you up...I weigh 205 and have been up mine twice. It may practical to just 'pay' someone to make the trek for you. It's especially easy since your not having them re-wire or change bulbs....a youngster would have an easy time grabbing the end of your halyard. I use a boson seat and use another halyard a/w a safety tie off [if I plan on being up there a while]
On that note, if you're going to pay someone to retrieve it, you might consider replacing bulbs, re-taping your spreader ends, checking antenna and AWI connections -- just routine maintenance.

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Put 20 gallons of water in a barrel (punch a small hole in the bottom) on your jib halyard and winch it up. Climb into the bosuns seat made fast to the taut halyard and release .When you arrive at the masthead (watch out for the spreaders) grab the errant main halyard and wait for the water to leak out.Be sure to have extracted fingers from the sheave before the return.. Variations on this tried and true method of halyard retrieval are known through out the fiber glass boating community.
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