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Re: Going up the mast when the boat is in a lift
I worked on a 70' race boats management plan... We would never have considered sending someone up the rig on the hard. Not a chance. Boats fall off stands all the time even when everything is done right, but adding a few thousand pounds of torque to the top of the mast while it is blocked of...l no way.
Let's say you are 150lbs, and climb to the top of a 30' rig. That weight aloft can generate up to 4500foot pounds of torque. While the boat is in the water that force can be absorbed by the boat healing over, and allowing the keel to take some of the heeling force.
On the hard the boat can't heel over, which means you are relying completely on the stands to not only hold the weight of the boat, but any heeling force as well. They just aren't designed to do this. If fact I have never seen a yard that supports a boat to prevent it from rolling in the stands. Though if a boat happened to be top heavy enough I guess they might.