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04-13-2011 09:29 AM
SecondWindNC Washington, NC in February.



04-12-2011 04:14 PM
carl762 That's just amazing folks!! Beautiful pics, nice views of marinas and your boats. Quite a vantage point up the stick.
04-12-2011 09:57 AM
smackdaddy Wow - NICE!
04-12-2011 07:34 AM
fairbank56 Finally remembered to take my camera up with me yesterday. These are from the top (65') of the Navy 44's at the Naval Academy.







05-28-2010 01:49 PM
remetau Last year I spent 6 hours one day and 4 hours the next day up on the mast installing mast steps.
05-28-2010 01:42 PM
smackdaddy The best thing about already having gone up the mast? I knew exactly what to expect the second time.

So I sent my buddy up instead and drank beer in the cockpit and chatted up the ladies in the surrounding slips while he installed the new sheaves, deck light bulb, and anchor light bulb:



Much easier that way.
02-01-2010 08:17 PM
Bene505
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Originally Posted by sharps4590 View Post
Holy flippin' cow!!!!!! I've been up 80 ft. poles to change ball park lights, (but not in 20 years and probably won't again), but they're stuck firmly in the ground....and they still move around a bit in the wind. But my gaffs were firmly stuck in the pole. I wasn't hanging on by my toes!!!! From that height with that much leverage how much did the mast move around? My hat is off to you guys! You shoulda been linemen! Great pics too!

Vic
Thanks Sharps,

I had a calm day both times. When up their I took the opportunity to shake back and forth a bit to test out what it felt like down on the boat. It was definitely felt below. Not sure I want to do that again. No sense stressing the rigging.

Klem: Bridge clearance? You are madman. What was that like? Did you stay at the top as the bridge went over? Say more please.

Regards,
Brad
01-18-2010 07:35 PM
klem
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Originally Posted by sharps4590 View Post
Holy flippin' cow!!!!!! I've been up 80 ft. poles to change ball park lights, (but not in 20 years and probably won't again), but they're stuck firmly in the ground....and they still move around a bit in the wind. But my gaffs were firmly stuck in the pole. I wasn't hanging on by my toes!!!! From that height with that much leverage how much did the mast move around? My hat is off to you guys! You shoulda been linemen! Great pics too!

Vic
I can say from going aloft on traditionally rigged vessels when underway that it is quite a lot of movement. The only second of vertigo that I ever got in my life was 75' up checking a bridge clearance with really gusty winds. The bad part was when we would heal over a lot more since I was moving significantly in the horizontal direction.

The guys that impress me are the ones who are up aloft on a vessel like the Mir furling the royal in a storm. And I thought the mast was moving a lot at 80', they are almost 200' up.
01-18-2010 07:24 PM
smackdaddy Why thanks sharps. In my case, a wakeboard boat cruised through the marina a bit fast and threw me a nice phat roller. It was quite a ride.

Up to that point it was surprisingly stable.
01-18-2010 07:13 PM
sharps4590 Holy flippin' cow!!!!!! I've been up 80 ft. poles to change ball park lights, (but not in 20 years and probably won't again), but they're stuck firmly in the ground....and they still move around a bit in the wind. But my gaffs were firmly stuck in the pole. I wasn't hanging on by my toes!!!! From that height with that much leverage how much did the mast move around? My hat is off to you guys! You shoulda been linemen! Great pics too!

Vic
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