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I've seen where just two equal-level mast steps have been installed 4-5 feet below the truck so that the person up there has real solid footing and a good height to work on things at the masthead..

Avoids the run of steps all along the mast, and puts less load on the chair, lines, etc once you're 'up there'.. a telephone linesman's waist strap will improve the setup even more..
This is exactly the set up we have. It's very difficult to get up high enough with either a bosuns chair or a harness to be able to work on lights etc on top of the mast. With the two steps and a strap to hold you close to the mast it makes it a lot easier, and safer.
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This is exactly the set up we have. It's very difficult to get up high enough with either a bosuns chair or a harness to be able to work on lights etc on top of the mast. With the two steps and a strap to hold you close to the mast it makes it a lot easier, and safer.
Must be where I'd seen it before!
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Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

Thanks everyone for the input! I really need the mast down on the ground someday.

ck this one out.
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Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

Just one of the many reasons I love using the gin pole at a nearby marina/yacht-club. Costs $20 for use for non-members, but well worth it since I can get a good 4-5 feet above the top of my mast if I ever needed to. The powered two-way winch is another nice feature.
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Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

I have an ATN and had the same issues. I finally installed some folding steps.

I suggest what another poster says to install two steps at the top to stand on while working.
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Just one of the many reasons I love using the gin pole at a nearby marina/yacht-club. Costs $20 for use for non-members, but well worth it since I can get a good 4-5 feet above the top of my mast if I ever needed to. The powered two-way winch is another nice feature.
Yeah.. I"m in a YC too and have one club down river with a crane..
And how tall is your mast sol?
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Thanks everyone for the input! I really need the mast down on the ground someday.

ck this one out. How To Build & Use "The Easy Climb" - A Mast Climbing Aid - YouTube
This unit appears to work on the same principle as the ATN, except an assistant is needed. That is because of the camcleat not being reliable to hold the weight. If you're afraid of climbing alone, I suppose an assistant with an ATN should work well. I use a short strap on the ATN harness to get up as high as possible, but then have to stand in the stirrups. I then tie a line around me and the mast, like a lineman, to free up both hands. Doesn't feel secure, but I think it actually is.
Also, I use a designated line to climb on, thus eliminating tying any knots to a halyard. This allows me to get at least 8" or more higher.

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Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

Mast steps are beginning to look better and better the older I get.
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Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

You can jack yourself a good 4' above the masthead with just a climbing harness, standard or improvised aiders (webbing steps), and a short sling. It's scary at first and requires major core strength to do it for long. I've worked that way for about two hours, replacing wifi antennas on a tower top. Leaves you wasted. But you can reach that high, if needs must. Top-stepping demo HERE.
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You can jack yourself a good 4' above the masthead with just a climbing harness, standard or improvised aiders (webbing steps), and a short sling. It's scary at first and requires major core strength to do it for long. I've worked that way for about two hours, replacing wifi antennas on a tower top. Leaves you wasted. But you can reach that high, if needs must. Top-stepping demo HERE.
You really think this would work for someone who is old, fat, bald, and ugly? Not to mention scared. ROTFLMAO
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