S/V Lilo, Islander 32
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lafayette, Oregon
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Re: Opinions: What do YOU think is the best method of climbing your mast
Personally, I love the fixed steps I installed. On an older boat, I have issues up high and a few toubles with my mast track. I don't have to plan or think ahead too much when working on the mast. I think, hey, I should go look at that, an in a few minutes I'm up there.
I do use a harness and safety line, but my wife can tail it, and I'm doing all the work, easy peasy.
If I need to go up alone, I use the harness and run a small loop of line around the mast. With the folding steps, I can slid it up before opening the steps, and once they are open, it can't get back down. That way it at least limits my fall a lot. I haven't gone all the way up like that yet, but I have to the spreaders several times.
I know others like other systems for valid reasons, but for ME, I like this system.
1964 Islander 32
Saint Helens, OR