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Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

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You really think this would work for someone who is old, fat, bald, and ugly? Not to mention scared. ROTFLMAO
Depends how desperate the person is. Just mentioning it as a possible technique for getting up high using the gear most sailors carry. Isn't easy, isn't fun. If your main halyard requires re-feeding thru the masthead sheaves, you gotta spend a little time with your nose over the truck.

I've done a little of that sort of aid climbing; top-stepping is tough on the abs and simply brutal on the thighs. Feels like you are carrying an 80lb pack. I ain't old, fat, or bald -- but ugly I am and scared I have been. Aid climbing is nasty business. "Vertical freight hauling," with a side of "bad acid trip."
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Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

A number of years ago I installed a pair of mast steps about 3 feet down from the top of the mast. They are the only mast steps on the mast, but make work at the the top of the mast much easier.

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