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03-02-2013 12:42 PM
knuterikt
Re: Climbing the mast

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Originally Posted by jrd22 View Post
I second (third?) the climbing harness over a bosuns chair, you can't fall out of a harness.
Get one for "big wall" climbing, more comfortable leg straps. I use ascenders and a dedicated climbing rope and a Gri Gri for fall arrest if I need to go up alone. Mostly I'll just use the main halyard and have someone crank me up with the winch while helping as much as I can by pulling/climbing. It's best to owe money to the person cranking/tailing:-))
Don't think that a good bosuns chair is less secure than climbing harness.

The one i posted earlier has thigh straps and shoulder/breast straps it could be turned upside down without me falling out. This bosuns chair is more comfortable than a harness. (I have tried both)

03-02-2013 12:36 PM
knuterikt
Re: Climbing the mast

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Originally Posted by Zoya View Post
I'd like to get a mast climbing chair to go up my Beneteau Oceanis 41 mast but don't have a spare halyard. How would you go? Jib halyard, Main halyard ( I have in-mast furler) or boom lift line? Also, is there anyway to rig a backup line just in case?

Thanks.
Sizing the boom topping lift so it can be used as a spare halyard a good idea.
So if your boom lift line is in good shape and sized correctly you can use that.

You should always use an extra halyard as safety line when going up the mast.
If you don't have a spare halyard you need to take the jib down.

Have you considered rigging a spare halyard for the jib or a spinnaker?
03-02-2013 10:32 AM
jrd22
Re: Climbing the mast

I second (third?) the climbing harness over a bosuns chair, you can't fall out of a harness.
Get one for "big wall" climbing, more comfortable leg straps. I use ascenders and a dedicated climbing rope and a Gri Gri for fall arrest if I need to go up alone. Mostly I'll just use the main halyard and have someone crank me up with the winch while helping as much as I can by pulling/climbing. It's best to owe money to the person cranking/tailing:-))
03-02-2013 10:05 AM
Zoya
Re: Climbing the mast

I'd like to get a mast climbing chair to go up my Beneteau Oceanis 41 mast but don't have a spare halyard. How would you go? Jib halyard, Main halyard ( I have in-mast furler) or boom lift line? Also, is there anyway to rig a backup line just in case?

Thanks.
01-17-2013 10:33 AM
knuterikt
Re: Climbing the mast

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Originally Posted by Ritchard View Post
That step is a great idea, I wonder about figuring out some way to make it run in the sail track.
You can add a sail track slide (or two) on the back side of the plate.
Would still have to use a halyard so you can lock the step while climbing.

This way you can not use it with the main sail hoisted and the main must be taken of the track to use.



Don't think it is worth the effort.
01-17-2013 09:51 AM
Ritchard
Re: Climbing the mast

That step is a great idea, I wonder about figuring out some way to make it run in the sail track.
01-16-2013 02:23 PM
knuterikt
Re: Climbing the mast

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Originally Posted by justified View Post
knuterikt - Nice rig If you don't mind I'm gonna copy it. Simple and safe.

Peter
Please copy I have copied the design from others

The measurements in this picture are mine.

01-16-2013 01:48 PM
justified
Re: Climbing the mast

knuterikt - Nice rig If you don't mind I'm gonna copy it. Simple and safe.

Peter
01-16-2013 12:20 PM
VallelyJ
Re: Climbing the mast

I'll second Marcusc130.
PS reviewed several systems a year or 2 back and one of their highly-rated climbing harnesses was a Petzl rock climbing harness with stainless steel hardware for a couple hundred bucks. I bought a mid-range Petzl rock climbing harness at EMS on sale for $60. It has anodized hardware. As long as I don't store it in brine I figure it will last only about 190 years, instead of 200. I'll take the risk.
The whole rig, including 3/8" utility line, some webbing and anodized locking carabiners, was less than $100. I go up my 40' mast quite easily without any assistance from the deck.
The sit-harness is adequately comfortable for the kinds of jobs I've had to do up there. I don't think you need to spring for equipment made, and priced, for the boat market. Rock climbing gear is just as reliable, and people use it in salty coastal areas just as they do inland. Just make sure your halyards are up to the job. Having faith in your gear makes mast climbing pretty stress-free.
One tip--if you make web slings for your feet, join them with about a foot of webbing, so your feet stay beside the mast.
John V.
01-15-2013 02:47 AM
knuterikt
Re: Climbing the mast

Mast steps add weight to the mast and tend to snag halyards.

I have tested different solutions for climbing or help the person at the winch hoisting me.

This movable step is made of a piece of plywood, one cleat and two eye straps.


You need a free halyard to put the step on.

I use it with a good bosuns chair like this - I strap securely into this.


When going up the mast with a helper on deck the procedure is like this.

1) I stand on the step.
2) Helper take the slack on the halyard's (use two for safety)
3) Lift the step using my foot
4) Stand up in the step
Repeat 2-4 until at the top

Doing work at the top can get awkward hanging in a bosuns chair.
If I need to get higher up I can stand on the step.

Going down i bring the step with me as my helper lower me down.

I have found that this step is more stable than foot loops.

This step can be used in combination with ascenders if you like to climb solo.
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