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07-01-2009 01:27 AM
samhamt i heard that some guy recently invented this thing called a parachute in case you fall from a high place but i heard it wouldnt open in just 50 feet so another thing some guy invented recently is a second line or saftey harness
05-26-2009 05:31 AM
TejasSailer I agree with Fendertweed that it could be possible to fall out of a Topclimber, and accordingly when I use the a Topclimber, I wear a harness and my wife tends a spin halyard as a separate safety line.
05-25-2009 09:57 PM
fendertweed
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Originally Posted by Bacchanal View Post
Similar to the idea of using the REI Ascenders, ATN created a device that allows you to go up alone. The Topclimber comes with a seat that you wear and can't fall out of that has one ascender attached and a pair of foot loops that has another ascender. A 9/16 line is run through the ascenders, tied to the main halyard and cranked up. The loose end is taken through a block on deck back to the main winch and tightened up. To go aloft you stand up on the foot straps, advance the seat up, sit down and advance the foot straps, repeat. It's not as easy as having your crew crank you up, but it's secure, safe and you can go up when you have no crew around. To get down, you just reverse the process.
actually, I think you can fall out of a top climber, which is one of my concerns with it ... it has no shoulder harness/straps and if you happen to lean/fall backwards, I think you could be in a very tough spot compared to a harness w/ shoulder harness, too.
05-25-2009 09:50 PM
fendertweed
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Originally Posted by Zanshin View Post


The figure 8 is a friction device, held as in the picture will stop the descent, if the user moves his/her right hand holding the rope forward and/or up the friction decreases and you can descend.
Your photo shows a double line but can I assume that for descending a mast, say via the jib halyard (when you've ascended the main), that it's the same principle for working a single line (I've read that you have to watch out for heat/friction in letting the line through on the way down)?

thx.
04-05-2009 10:01 PM
erps
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Originally Posted by brak View Post
this weekend I finally got to the top of the mast. MastMate is excellent, easy to use (testament to which is the fact that I went up and down 3 times and didn't break a sweat), and didn't need anyones help either.
One thing that was important is to furnish a proper chest/shoulder support. I used two lengths of climbing webbing with carabiners (two so that I would always stay clipped on even when going around the spreaders or around upper shroud fittings on top).
I second Brak's endorsement of Mast Mate from a climb this weekend. First off, my wife hates winching me up in a bosun's chair. She's just not confident in her winching ability. We were looking for an alternative way to get up the mast. The kids got a Mast Mate with their used boat and gave it to us. It's a little too short for our mast, maybe they come in different lengths? It came with a belt that has a tool bag attached and a second safety strap that wraps around the mast. Anyway, I climbed up to the spreader and stood there while she winched the mast mate ladder the rest of the way up. I used the safety strap attached to the belt going up. I had to unclip it to get around the spreader and to get by where the upper shrouds attach near the top of the mast. I worked with one hand for as long as I could up there before trusting the safety strap and letting go of the mast to work with two hands. It was a pretty easy climb up. I had size 11 tennis shoes on and didn't experience any problems getting them in the ladder stirrups.

When we were done with it, the whole thing rolls up and stores in a bag along with the safety belt. It's a device that will take some stress out of our marriage, as it usually turned into a fight when it was just the two of us and someone needed to go up the mast. Sandy was very comfortable pulling this up and tying if off while I stood on the spreaders. All I had to do was climb.
12-08-2008 02:49 PM
RollsRoyce
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Hello Dog - 30 posts a day for 2+ years = WOW!!! ... I can't P/M you yet so this goes on the forum ... As soon as I can I will P/M you a bunch of stuff for you to peruse & approve before I post it ...

All Best, RR ...
09-19-2008 10:07 AM
zz4gta
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Originally Posted by jarcher View Post
For people who don't plan to go up the mast often, is there a less expensive option than buying a bosun chair?
Check out Backcountry.com got my climbing harness from there, they also have ascenders. A LOT cheaper than bosun's chairs. And personally, I like the "strapped in" feeling I get while I'm in the harness. My skinny butt tends to slide around in bosun chairs, makes me feel like I'm going to fall out. In the harness, you can go complete inverted and relax all muscles, and you don't come out of it. Gives me that warm, fuzzy feeling. And the attachment to the climbing harness is right at your waist/belly button, so you don't need to stand on loops. Using the main halyard, I can get the top of my mast, chest high with someone grinding and have the use of both hands.

The best part, they're about $50 or less.
09-18-2008 10:48 PM
sailingdog glad to help... try them out though...some are better than others.
09-18-2008 10:22 PM
jarcher Thanks SD!
09-18-2008 08:39 AM
sailingdog climbing harness from rock climbing store.
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Originally Posted by jarcher View Post
For people who don't plan to go up the mast often, is there a less expensive option than buying a bosun chair?
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