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Re: winching up the mast,
We take three wraps around a halyard winch and then off to the capstan on our horizontal windlass. That way the line is arrested by the halyard winch in the unlikely event that it accidentally jumps off the windlass.
My wife can winch me (130kgs) to the masthead with her big toe on the deck switch and is not standing under me. I have a second halyard to belay myself as I go up.
Coming down is as easy as slipping the halyard on the halyard (mast) winch.
I will, before I go cruising be putting mast steps on because to me this is still the best option.
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