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03-11-2013 01:46 AM
MarcHall
Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

A number of years ago I installed a pair of mast steps about 3 feet down from the top of the mast. They are the only mast steps on the mast, but make work at the the top of the mast much easier.

Marc Hall
Crazy Fish, Crealock 37, Hull 207
San Diego
Crazy Fish - Maintaining, Upgrading and Sailing a Crealock 37
03-11-2013 01:17 AM
bobmcgov
Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

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Originally Posted by gershel View Post
You really think this would work for someone who is old, fat, bald, and ugly? Not to mention scared. ROTFLMAO
Marc
Depends how desperate the person is. Just mentioning it as a possible technique for getting up high using the gear most sailors carry. Isn't easy, isn't fun. If your main halyard requires re-feeding thru the masthead sheaves, you gotta spend a little time with your nose over the truck.

I've done a little of that sort of aid climbing; top-stepping is tough on the abs and simply brutal on the thighs. Feels like you are carrying an 80lb pack. I ain't old, fat, or bald -- but ugly I am and scared I have been. Aid climbing is nasty business. "Vertical freight hauling," with a side of "bad acid trip."
03-10-2013 02:04 PM
gershel
Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

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Originally Posted by bobmcgov View Post
You can jack yourself a good 4' above the masthead with just a climbing harness, standard or improvised aiders (webbing steps), and a short sling. It's scary at first and requires major core strength to do it for long. I've worked that way for about two hours, replacing wifi antennas on a tower top. Leaves you wasted. But you can reach that high, if needs must. Top-stepping demo HERE.
You really think this would work for someone who is old, fat, bald, and ugly? Not to mention scared. ROTFLMAO
Marc
03-10-2013 01:00 AM
bobmcgov
Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

You can jack yourself a good 4' above the masthead with just a climbing harness, standard or improvised aiders (webbing steps), and a short sling. It's scary at first and requires major core strength to do it for long. I've worked that way for about two hours, replacing wifi antennas on a tower top. Leaves you wasted. But you can reach that high, if needs must. Top-stepping demo HERE.
03-09-2013 07:30 AM
SimonV
Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

Mast steps are beginning to look better and better the older I get.
03-09-2013 06:32 AM
gershel
Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

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Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Thanks everyone for the input! I really need the mast down on the ground someday.

ck this one out. How To Build & Use "The Easy Climb" - A Mast Climbing Aid - YouTube
This unit appears to work on the same principle as the ATN, except an assistant is needed. That is because of the camcleat not being reliable to hold the weight. If you're afraid of climbing alone, I suppose an assistant with an ATN should work well. I use a short strap on the ATN harness to get up as high as possible, but then have to stand in the stirrups. I then tie a line around me and the mast, like a lineman, to free up both hands. Doesn't feel secure, but I think it actually is.
Also, I use a designated line to climb on, thus eliminating tying any knots to a halyard. This allows me to get at least 8" or more higher.

Marc
03-07-2013 02:05 PM
deniseO30
Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

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Originally Posted by SolSailor View Post
Just one of the many reasons I love using the gin pole at a nearby marina/yacht-club. Costs $20 for use for non-members, but well worth it since I can get a good 4-5 feet above the top of my mast if I ever needed to. The powered two-way winch is another nice feature.
Yeah.. I"m in a YC too and have one club down river with a crane..
And how tall is your mast sol?
03-07-2013 12:35 PM
remetau
Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

I have an ATN and had the same issues. I finally installed some folding steps.

I suggest what another poster says to install two steps at the top to stand on while working.
03-07-2013 12:31 PM
SolSailor
Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

Just one of the many reasons I love using the gin pole at a nearby marina/yacht-club. Costs $20 for use for non-members, but well worth it since I can get a good 4-5 feet above the top of my mast if I ever needed to. The powered two-way winch is another nice feature.
03-07-2013 12:31 PM
deniseO30
Re: The last 3ft (mast work)

Thanks everyone for the input! I really need the mast down on the ground someday.

ck this one out.
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