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Old 03-29-2012
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Re: Mast "pumping" (not under sail, at the dock).. ?

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I will do the halyard thing, I have a chair as well as mast steps so I will strap the chair on my butt and climb on up and secure myself once up top. I too get nervous up there, but I have been up my steps enough to be fairly comfortable with it now. I still don't like it, but I think it'll be alright as long as the halyard is clipped good.

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I have the same rig as you- mast steps. They are great. I actually will climb up at times with no harness- hey only the good die young as they say. With only a halyard, I was more worried about that link failing and me riding the mast down. The mast tuning guide will show you how to tension the rig with no tension meter- you basically just slack the cable, then stretch it- the amount of stretch directly relates to the rig tension- the tuning guide has all the details. I did buy a loos tension gage- it is nice to be able to measure tension without slacking the cable, and to confirm the cables are tensioned how you like- test the entire rig in 10 minutes.

To make it simple- measure how many threads (on your turnbuckel) it takes to get the tension you want. Slack the cable, then turn appropriate number of threads- no measuring while tensioning- makes it easy.
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Re: Mast "pumping" (not under sail, at the dock).. ?

Chris, you're a skinny guy--that halyard will hold you just fine. When you're fat and old like me it's a different scenario entirely.

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Re: Mast "pumping" (not under sail, at the dock).. ?

The cheaper solution is a big box of foam earplugs -- $15 from Lowes. Jim Mcgee

Heck with the foam wife sounds like one of the Three Stooges when she snores....the silicon ones you get at rite aid and CVS or Walgreens are much more effective.

Funny I can sleep on a noisy boat...., but a snoring wife..hmmmm

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