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04-29-2011 06:16 AM
Bene505 I second the top climber. They are about 250 on ebay every 6 months or so when one comes up. I use the line that comes with it, attached to the main halyard, and then a prusic knot tied to the spin halyard for redundancy. Makes me feel very secure. When there's no second halyard, I use a spare line, lineman style, to feel more secure.

Regards,
Brad
04-29-2011 02:02 AM
SVPrairieRose
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Originally Posted by wmjr View Post
James,

I learned the hard way recently about stainless steel bolts in aluminum. What worked for me was PB Blaster and patience. A lot of patience. Of four, one took a half hour and one took three days. Just keep soaking it, then waiting and turning just hard enough to see if you can get some movement. If not, wait and try again. Once you get any movement at all you have it beat - but still, go slowly with more PB Blaster. (Be careful with heat, I understand it can harden the steel.)

John
PCS 31 #28
Watermark
I find a manual impact wrench, the type you strike with a hammer can be a godsend when working with frozen bolts. An electric or air powered one would work too, but be sure not to go too hard or you may spin the head right off. You can pick up the manual one at a decent tool supply shop for 20 bucks or so, good tool to have. Oh, and lots of oil for days ahead of time.
04-28-2011 11:44 PM
dillybar Thanks for the great response guys and gals. This forum is a fantastic resource for sailors!

Cheers
04-28-2011 11:03 PM
travlineasy I'm a bit too old and too fat for climbing up to the top these days. And, after looking at the price tag of the climber, $430 plus s&h, I think I'll opt to let the guys at the marina go up on their cherry picker--they charge $95 an hour, which for me is a real bargain. That's about 4.5 trips up the mast.

Cheers,

Gary
04-28-2011 10:39 PM
SVPrairieRose I use a few prusic knots and ascend my anchor rode which I use to obtain a fatter line. Any climbing gym rat can show you how.
04-28-2011 09:08 PM
njadventure I have one. I like it for mid mast climbs, but I find the higher I ascend the cams get very tight against the mast and end up scratching it. I have the older ATN model that requires a dedicated line which I tie to the main halyard. I don't have a spare halyard, so I use an old lineman's belt for safety.
04-28-2011 07:51 PM
FoolishMuse You are better off, and will save money, to buy an "ascender" and "gri-gri" from mountain climbing shop, along with a mountain climbing harness. It is MUCH easier to decend with a gri-gri. Get the store to show you how it works. I use mine all the time.
04-28-2011 05:26 PM
GeorgeDog That looks like a "frog" system used by cavers. Should work fine but ALWAYS have a safety cam running above the seat cam.

I use a similar "rope walker" system to go aloft as I'm uncomfortable having someone else hoist me.

Chris
04-28-2011 04:34 PM
wmjr
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James,

I learned the hard way recently about stainless steel bolts in aluminum. What worked for me was PB Blaster and patience. A lot of patience. Of four, one took a half hour and one took three days. Just keep soaking it, then waiting and turning just hard enough to see if you can get some movement. If not, wait and try again. Once you get any movement at all you have it beat - but still, go slowly with more PB Blaster. (Be careful with heat, I understand it can harden the steel.)

John
PCS 31 #28
Watermark
04-28-2011 04:27 PM
SVAuspicious Even better to have a friend with one you can borrow.
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