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ATN Bosun''''s Chair

Does anyone have any experience with the Topclimber? Does it really work? How does one attatch a safety line to a harness when you''re using it? Would appreciate any comments or feedback. Thanks. JIm
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ATN Bosun''''s Chair

I''ve used it a few times. It works as advertised, although it takes some getting used to for the first couple of times.

If needed, a safety line that goes around the mast can be tied to the chair, but it would make ascending the line more difficult.

I usually climb the line, but have someone on deck lower me when I''m done. ;^)

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I''ve used both the Topclimber and the Peltz climbing harness (one of my race crew has an ATN on his boat just a few docks away).

It was possible to get reasonable high on the top of the mast with the Topclimber, although the taut assent line from deck to masthead somewhat limited my range of movement on the way up. I was able to go up with minimal assist from others (mostly tool exchnges).

The next time up I used the rock climing harness (same ones the spinnaker guys use) I found it more comfortable and put two forespar genoa rollers above the shroud on either side quickly. I was able to nimbly move from port to stbrd spreader and the ground crew didn''t even notice till I called them. Downside, is I needed someone to belay me from the winch.

Bottom line; eaither was better than the old bosun''s chair from the PO
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ATN Bosun''''s Chair

I made a copy of the top climber utilizing my bosn''s chair and some ascenders purchased from a mountain climbing supplier.
It works very well. You can get above the mast when necessary. I use my jackline safety harness as my backup. It does require unhooking and re-hooking to get around the spreaders, lazy jacks etc. but is only a minor inconvienence.

It isn''t necessary to keep the ascending line completely taut. A taut line is easier to climb, but leaving enough slack to swing from spreader tip to tip doesn''t make it that much harder to use.

The bosn''s chair requires a lap belt be added to keep the chair on your butt as you standup on the foot straps.

Jim
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