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post #11 of 16 Old 01-17-2013
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That step is a great idea, I wonder about figuring out some way to make it run in the sail track.

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That step is a great idea, I wonder about figuring out some way to make it run in the sail track.
You can add a sail track slide (or two) on the back side of the plate.
Would still have to use a halyard so you can lock the step while climbing.

This way you can not use it with the main sail hoisted and the main must be taken of the track to use.



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Re: Climbing the mast

I'd like to get a mast climbing chair to go up my Beneteau Oceanis 41 mast but don't have a spare halyard. How would you go? Jib halyard, Main halyard ( I have in-mast furler) or boom lift line? Also, is there anyway to rig a backup line just in case?

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Re: Climbing the mast

I second (third?) the climbing harness over a bosuns chair, you can't fall out of a harness.
Get one for "big wall" climbing, more comfortable leg straps. I use ascenders and a dedicated climbing rope and a Gri Gri for fall arrest if I need to go up alone. Mostly I'll just use the main halyard and have someone crank me up with the winch while helping as much as I can by pulling/climbing. It's best to owe money to the person cranking/tailing:-))

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I'd like to get a mast climbing chair to go up my Beneteau Oceanis 41 mast but don't have a spare halyard. How would you go? Jib halyard, Main halyard ( I have in-mast furler) or boom lift line? Also, is there anyway to rig a backup line just in case?

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Sizing the boom topping lift so it can be used as a spare halyard a good idea.
So if your boom lift line is in good shape and sized correctly you can use that.

You should always use an extra halyard as safety line when going up the mast.
If you don't have a spare halyard you need to take the jib down.

Have you considered rigging a spare halyard for the jib or a spinnaker?
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I second (third?) the climbing harness over a bosuns chair, you can't fall out of a harness.
Get one for "big wall" climbing, more comfortable leg straps. I use ascenders and a dedicated climbing rope and a Gri Gri for fall arrest if I need to go up alone. Mostly I'll just use the main halyard and have someone crank me up with the winch while helping as much as I can by pulling/climbing. It's best to owe money to the person cranking/tailing:-))
Don't think that a good bosuns chair is less secure than climbing harness.

The one i posted earlier has thigh straps and shoulder/breast straps it could be turned upside down without me falling out. This bosuns chair is more comfortable than a harness. (I have tried both)

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