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Re: New guy with dumb questions.

If you want to easily climb your mast there is an safer easier alternative to having someone winch you up.
Go to a rock climbing store and have them set you up with a static line, some assenders and a comfortable harness.
That way you have complete control. Use the halyard to hoist up the static line then tie the halyard off. Now use the assenders and harness to climb the static line.
You are in complete control and the shive (pulley) at the top of the mast is being used for support only not actually rolling.
It is a good idea to have a helper down below.
As you go up trail a light line below to the deck. That way your helper can tie on any tools or parts you forget.
I used a winch to hoist up a 200lb guy to the top of a 70' mast I thought I was going to die and he was helping as much as he could.
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Re: New guy with dumb questions.

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There are no dumb questions.

Exactly, that's why we HAVE questions.

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The answer to both of your questions is, "It depends."

In fact the answer to most sailing questions is, "It depends."

Can you go to the top of the mast on a Cat 27? How big are you, how strong are the halyards, how strong is your winchman? Yes, it's possible for the right person... but check your equipment carefully and have a safety line. The only thing worse than having to go up the mast is only going most of the way up the mast.
I went up the mast of my quarter tonner - a tender 4300 Lb 26 footer - several times. The mast was 33' and I weighed 220 - do the math - that's over 7000 Ft/Lbs of potential torque. A very hot car might have 400 - 500 Ft/Lbs available.

As long as the boat stays vertical there is no torque effect but get a little bit of heel on and you very quickly get a gut feel for the term "tender".

I wouldn't climb the mast on any boat that displaced less than a couple of tons and more is better. A Cat 27 is over 3 tons, so no problem if things are in shape.

Get a good bosun's chair, rig a safety line (a spare halyard), I like to have a waist line around the mast as well, to prevent swinging out and don't do it on dry land - you can develop enough torque to knock a boat off its stands if anything goes wrong.
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No dumb questions???
Does this mean really dumb people suddenly get smart when it comes time to ask a question?
There's a big difference between ignorance and stupidity - you can fix ignorance by asking questions, reading, experience etc. You CAN'T fix stupid.
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