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Solomons Island at the top of a 410 Lagoon.



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On a Cat, its a cake walk. On my boat, it's a whole lot more scarey.

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Sweet ZZ! As for the scary, it did get a little whacky. A Tigre was moving out of the marina a little too fast while I was aloft and threw up a bit of a wake. It was a nutty ride.


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Heeeyyyy. Did you chalk your toes?



*sigh* Flipping sport climbers.

Smack: if your jib halyard sheave broke under your weight, it was certainly gonna break under several hundred lbs of halyard tension. So good thing you found in when you did!

Bene505, sounds like you're using a single prussik on the spi halyard for backup. Which is a great idea -- but it's best to use two of em. Can't loosen one under load, so if you have two you can 'walk' them down, plus double your odds of it catching you in a fall.

We'd sometimes use a single prussik (or Klemheist) as backup on complicated rappels, with the understanding that it might save you in a fall but would be hell on roller skates to move again, even w/ the rappel device as a 'second' prussik. You can use just one, but have the means to rig a second (3' of shoelace will do ya).

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Heeeyyyy. Did you chalk your toes?



*sigh* Flipping sport climbers.
Yeah, but dude, look at that sloper I'm milking!


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I've been sent up the mast twice on the Beneteau 36.7 I crew on. Being one of the lightest crew, the vote goes to me. No problem, I love going up, & last time I took my camera with me. The owner has that right now to get some pictures from this summer & one of our banquets. I have to learn to get a single picture out & how to post it. I have two of the boat from 65' up, plus a couple of shots across the marina. I was already on the way down when I thought I should have taken a couple photos of the Peace Bridge. Oh well. It's likely I'll go up again sometime next year. It's always something ...

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Great views, thanks for posting. I've been up a 65' mast before, on a very calm night. It was beautiful but I do have a slight fear of heights and am never comfortable up there. This was my solution to a masthead problem that I solved from the deck:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/gear-m...-work-did.html

Not very elegant but got the job done.

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Last time I went up, it was because the spinnaker halyard was let go & guess where it went? Someone had to go up there & fix the problem. That would have been me.

Fortunately, I lost my fear of heights when I took some vacations out west, where everything is switchback roads, no shoulders, no guardrails, 1800 foot drops ... you learn to deal with it. Then it gets fun.

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Great views, thanks for posting. I've been up a 65' mast before, on a very calm night. It was beautiful but I do have a slight fear of heights and am never comfortable up there. This was my solution to a masthead problem that I solved from the deck:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/gear-m...-work-did.html

Not very elegant but got the job done.

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That's pretty freakin' brilliant dirt.


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Fortunately, I lost my fear of heights when I took some vacations out west, where everything is switchback roads, no shoulders, no guardrails, 1800 foot drops ... you learn to deal with it. Then it gets fun.
That didn't do it for me. I love riding Colorado and get out there every chance I get:



Dirter the better, and Colorado has some great trails, I've mostly ridden in the Silverton area.

I can, and have, gone up the mast but can't really say I'm comfortable with it. I have a friend who just climbs up like a monkey and if he's in a real hurry he doesn't use any safety gear ..... I've seen this during a race while underway, in breezy conditions. I was in awe!

Once up, I'm always struck with how beautiful things look from up there.

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That's pretty freakin' brilliant dirt.
Fear is the Mother of that invention!

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