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Halfway up mast, jury rig that worked--once..
I say "once" because it worked but I doubt I'd try it again without any improvements.
Sunday, out with friends in light air and calm seas, i decided to "fly the kite" on our 25' sport boat.
What was i thinking while I tied the halyard knot?? I don't remember, but whatever it was, the knot opened up halfway up and left me with a dangling end up past the spreaders. It's an internal halyard so I didn't want to leave it up there to eventually disappear into the masthead sheave. Also I'd promised the spinny would be fun, or at least scenic.
Boat (not mine) is just a fast day sailer and lacks a bosn's chair. It does have 2-speed jib winches though.
Can I shinny it? Fail. Wow, when these anodized masts get so slippery?
Snag it with something? too far up, no knot in the end, no boathook.
"bright" idea takes vague shape--part-lower the main, stand on boom, grab mast, stick your foot on top of one of the sail slides, lead halyard to winch, crankity-crank, and it will lift me up there, right? It might squeeze my Topsidered foot a little, but not for that long....
Well it worked, but by the hardest.. it *really* squeezed my foot, but by upweighting briefly the sail would jerk upwards, and as I straightened my knee I was in fact 'climbing' the mast.
Things you (meaning "I") don't think of til you're halfway up: the main is aft of the spreaders (duh) meaning my 'elevator' stops there so it that halyard is a little higher up than you thought (it was), it's going to be a close call.
Little more..little more.. WOW, my foot hurts, and the shoe is starting to pull off sideways, I really don't want to finish this in stocking feet...
Got it!! Wow, foot hurts, pull that spin. halyard down quick, and get down the mast. Ease off FAST but don't jerk it please, my shoe's almost off..now it is but almost there on deck.. WHEW, it worked.
Okay, it worked but next time I'm going to jury-rig something different. or maybe rig a loop off the sail slide cringle, sort of a mini-foot bosns chair?
Oh, P.S. -- when your foot hurts a lot, you forget that the halyard you are sending down goes *forward* of the spreaders, not aft. Duh... now what?
Tie long piece line to a half full water bottle, throw it up and forward over the spreader (on third try), then tie to halyard end and pull the spin halyard over. Wow, was *that* a well-earned spinnaker raise.
I think I'm getting too old for some of my jury-rigs. They did like the spinny, though. And on the radio, the Saints won. Into the harbor at sunset. Lovely afternoon on Lake Pontchartrain.
Last edited by nolatom; 11-20-2012 at 11:46 AM.