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11-30-2013 07:27 PM
svHyLyte
Re: ATN MastClimber

Having once had to be hoisted to a masthead at sea, I resolved never to find myself dependent upon another to get me up and down if the need ever arose on our own yacht. I have owned and used an ATN top climber for 12 years. It only takes a little coordination and good leg strength as one is essentially doing "squats" both coming and going and on our 62' mast, it's a good workout. I use two lines. One for the ATN and a second, companion line, for a mountaineering ascender attached to a safety line that is also clipped to my harness so that if one or the other let go, I'm covered. As noted, however, it is a good workout and if one has not done a fair number of successive squats for awhile, one's legs will feel pretty sore/rubbery for several days afterward.

FWIW...
11-30-2013 03:43 PM
Dave_E
Re: ATN MastClimber

This rascal works great! You DO have to have some physical dexterity.
08-27-2012 08:59 PM
ewayne
Re: ATN MastClimber

I climb my mast using 2 Petzl ascenders, 1 attached to my west marine bosuns chair and
the other to rock climbers foot straps. I secure the halyard tight to the boom vang fitting then go up and down quite quickly and comfortably. The climbing equipment looked better built than the ATN equipment I compared it to back when I assembled this and it was cheaper.

Wayne
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05-24-2012 12:36 AM
ereiss
Re: ATN MastClimber

I have used mine for 5 years. Oh, and I'm 65. Don't speed up the mast but I prefer it to getting cranked up. Consider it part of my "glad I bought it" equipment.

FWIW
05-21-2012 03:11 PM
NortenoSailor
Re: ATN MastClimber

Yes, bought one last season and used it to replace broken VHF antennae. Wasn't as fast as depicted in video, but I did manage to make my way up and down successfully.
05-21-2012 10:23 AM
RonRelyea
Re: ATN MastClimber

I have a similar setup made from rock climbing gear .... been up the mast a couple of times ... I'm 60 and not the most physically fit guy .. make sure the climbing line is tight and the climbing line goes through the middle of the foot stirrups. Mast is 53 feet
05-20-2012 04:23 AM
Elegua
Re: ATN MastClimber

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05-19-2012 08:50 PM
sea_hunter Works fine. Make sure the anchor line is taught.
05-19-2012 09:30 AM
deniseO30
Re: ATN MastClimber

I tried it last year. just could not do it! Gave up. It was hilarious trying too.
05-19-2012 09:27 AM
dvuyxx
Re: ATN MastClimber

Mast climbing - YouTube

Then there is this guy. Show off.
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