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06-09-2013 09:23 AM
rikhall
Re: Screw on the mast, Mast Steps

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Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
Rik,
Once you've given it a try, will you post a review?
Jim

Yes, I will indeed.

Rik
06-09-2013 01:35 AM
jimgo
Re: Screw on the mast, Mast Steps

Rik,
Once you've given it a try, will you post a review?
06-08-2013 10:20 PM
rikhall
Re: Screw on the mast, Mast Steps

OK - I may as well finish what I started. I just purchased a Mast Mate from Gary in Rockland ME.

Thanks for all the great input.

Rik
06-07-2013 06:59 PM
Siamese
Re: Screw on the mast, Mast Steps

I put mast steps on one of my boats. Oops. To each their own, but I'll pass.
06-07-2013 05:05 PM
rikhall
Re: Screw on the mast, Mast Steps

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Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
Hopefully the OP got something out of this thread, too.
Yes, the OP (me) has learned a whole lot!

Thanks mates

Rik
06-07-2013 04:26 PM
PorFin
Re: Screw on the mast, Mast Steps

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Originally Posted by casey1999 View Post
I agree. The problem with the folding steps is two fold. One you can easily slip off them, and two, when you do slip, you are probably going to do some damage to your body on impacting on the folding steps. On the link you provided, imagine slipping on or being swung into the model K-11770-2S folding step- looks like it would do some serious damage.
Casey,

You've speculated twice now that self-impaling is a potential hazard -- do you know of any actual incidents or are you just theorizing?

I've been up and down my mast on these steps dozens of times, and I've never considered that as even a remote risk. The ends are about 1.5" wide x 3/4" thick, and don't come close to having kind of point on them.
06-07-2013 10:26 AM
jimgo
Re: Screw on the mast, Mast Steps

Andre,
Thanks for the feedback on the ladders. That's good to think about. I don't have dreams of sailing the oceans in my current boat, and plan to return to marinas most nights, so for me the ladder seems the more logical approach. Hopefully the OP got something out of this thread, too.
06-06-2013 11:46 PM
remetau
Re: Screw on the mast, Mast Steps

I installed those steps a few years back and never regretted it. I also have the ATN top climber which is nice but a lot more work to get up and down. I still use a slip on a line as a safety and a belt once I get to the top. If you don't do the full set of steps all the way up, then I would at least recommend two steps at the same height at the top of the mast to stand on in order to be able to work the equipment at the top which is tough to do from a chair or ATN.

I was very pleased with my purchase. I installed using 5 aluminum rivets on each step.
06-06-2013 09:16 PM
Omatako
Re: Screw on the mast, Mast Steps

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Originally Posted by rikhall View Post
Funny you should mention the ladder - I am currently emailing this guy about his ladder.

Rik
Not that I'm knocking ladders, I would probably use one if I could but I have Harken Batcars on my mast which obviates such ladders.

The problems I have thought about are:

The treads not being laterally contained and sort of slipping around the mast when a foot applies pressure to one side.

Then there is the main halyard being used to hoist the ladder so if you want to belay yourself as you go up, one could use the topping lift if you have one else you have to use a headsail halyard which is a bit of a problem because it comes out of the masthead sheaves on the wrong side and has to be fed around the rig (spreaders etc.) Not insurmountable but a hassle nevertheless

Then there is if you're going up the mast on your own (no-one holding the safety halyard), what do you clip your harness to? Because if the main halyard (or the ladder) parts, the ladder comes down on top of you after you've hit the deck although you probably won't notice.

Then there is the problem of what do you do if the main is up and you're sailing but lose a headsail halyard and have to go up? You have to stop the boat in a rolly sea, drop the main etc. When the main is up and you're sailing the boat (and mast) is way more stable for going up.

I may be sounding pedantic but I have had to do this sort of stuff when I was single handing across oceans and any one of these issues would have turned a simple climb (I had those enclosed steps) into a really daunting one.

Not trying to talk you out of a ladder because for someone who returns to a marina every night the ladder is a really good solution.
06-06-2013 08:45 PM
rikhall
Re: Screw on the mast, Mast Steps

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Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
If I'm doing the math correctly, you're going to be buying something like 32 of those at $21 each. That's about $650. Have you considered a mast ladder
Funny you should mention the ladder - I am currently emailing this guy about his ladder.

Rik
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