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The View From The Top

I went up the stick again last weekend, to see if my new wifi device (see long post on that) would connect with the mystery antenna at the top of the mast. It fit like a charm. In fact I brought it down so I could play with it during the week and test it out. (I'm not sure if it's a cell phone antenna or a wifi antenna or something else.)

This time I brought a working camera. Here's me at the top. Note that I stil don't have a cover for my masthead light. The little bugger works but needs some dielectric grease (silicone grease?) and a cover lens. Also you can clearly see a close up of the unmarked, still a mystery, antenna. The VHF antenna is right behind the mystery antenna and the bottom portion of the windex is right over my head.


And here is the excellent view from the top. I could see the ocean in the distance, as well as Long Island Sound. 65 feet up is enough to be higher that the other sailboats around -- at least that day.


This time wasn't nearly as scary as the first time. Maybe you get use to it?

The Top Climber connected to the main halyard really works well. I also had a "one way" type knot tied to the spinnaker halyard that went to a bowline around my chest, under my arms. If the main halyard failed, it would hurt, but I'd be able to reach the "one way" knot and slide it down, and me with it. I really like the 2 halyard method. One of these days I'll probably have to climb with only one, I'll have to rig something else as the plan B.

I have more pictures. If anyone wants to see them, I'll post them.

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Great view, Brad. Yea, post 'em.

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Holy crap Bene! That's freakin' high!

Do you have a pic of that back-up technique on the spin halyard? I've been wondering about how to do that. I've got to go up my mast soon.

You, sir, are an inspiration. Of course, I hope I don't look as winded/freaked as you in the first photo. Heh-heh. Or are you singing?
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Holy crap Bene! That's freakin' high!

Do you have a pic of that back-up technique on the spin halyard? I've been wondering about how to do that. I've got to go up my mast soon.

You, sir, are an inspiration. Of course, I hope I don't look as winded/freaked as you in the first photo. Heh-heh. Or are you singing?

Smack,

I'm trying really hard to NOT drop the camera. That's all. A good proper smile, and anything else had to come second.

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as a newbie to marine wifi can i ask for a few recommendations

my current laptop does have wifi installed however I can't get a signal on my boat

parameters

2mi range
12 volt operation

prefer usb connection

running xp 512 mega bytes

complete system ideas would be appreciated

use Icw and bahamas
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as a newbie to marine wifi can i ask for a few recommendations ...my current laptop does have wifi installed however I can't get a signal on my boat...
Try the search at the top and put in "wifi" and "usb wifi" you may get some hits (although I hear the search function is a bit erratic lately).

If you want serious long range, see this other thread where I laid out my plans using the Bullet2HP by Ubiquiti. Long Range WiFi -- Posting right now using "long range" wireless

For 2 miles or less you may be able to use a USB setup. A friend recommends using a USB with an extension USB cable, hoisted up on a halyard a few yards. He says they pull in many wireless networks using it, including the phone company's, that he (and I) have accounts with.

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Smack,

I'm trying really hard to NOT drop the camera. That's all. A good proper smile, and anything else had to come second.

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have frequently hove to in sf bay (30kt and 4ft seas) with a 90% jib and a double reefed main 30ft vessel with a fin keel uldb
the effect was remarkable
my female crew could use the head with relative ease.
procedure: tack the boat without tending the jib sheet/ 2 trim the main just enough force her head up against the pressure jib making her fall off/ 3 helm left hard alee. accept smiles of grateful crew hard on your rudder though
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i suppose i am looking for a purchasing list for a usb setup seperating the junk and the hype out to find out what really works my budget here around two hundred dollars. this is more of a systems integration question of what works well with what any imput from other members would be welcome
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Bene,

Drawing from your pioneering stonesyness - I decided to do the hop myself. I needed to replace the anchor light bulb, straighten the windex, and prove my manhood.

Here's the glory:





As for lessons learned, you'll notice I initially went up on the jib halyard. Bad call. I ruined the plastic pulley wheel (whatever it's called - Knot, help me out here). So, after the wire halyard jumped the disintegrated wheel when I was almost back down the mast, I had to then clip into the main halyard (like I should have done in the first place - idiot), unclip from the jib hal, and climb all the hell the way back up to fix the jib hal. Once there, I pulled the pin at the mast top, switched wheels with the unused spin halyard side, and we were good to go. It was then I noticed that the main hal wheel was the only metal one. Now I get it.

So now I've got more work to do on my next ascension. Oh well.

So who else has been to the top. Got pics? Get 'em out!!
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