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post #11 of 33 Old 12-07-2010 Thread Starter
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Hey Faster, I am in Surrey, BC, Boat is anchored at Rocky Point. Do you know of any good spots. I have lots to learn , and yes MC1 not a rich man but got a good deal on her, and looking for cheap alternatives, but I agree with you and everyone else I should take the mast down and check it over real well.

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i use my arborist climbing saddle and two prusiks, the upper attatched to the bridge of the harness and the other with to foot straps. i sinch up to the spreaders with two other prusik lines ready to go so i can retie above them. the prusik will not slide if you provide enough turns to support your weight and need to physically unwind them for them not to bite. to descend just apply pressure above the knot and come down slow.
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Try a pair of rolling hitches.

Hi batshaven,

Despite advice to the contrary seen above, I've had good luck getting to the top of my previous two boats' masts barefoot and unassisted. Speed is of the essence as fatigue sets in quickly and it is important to be back at the deck before it is overwhelming. The 'shakey leg' syndrome common to mountain climbing is a good clue you don't have much time left.

A guy I know used an innovative technique, two short lines, tied around the mast with a rolling hitch, then a two foot whip to a bowline with a one foot loop as a foothold. The idea is that you can transfer your weight two one loop at a time, sliding the other upward. A strap of rubber or vinyl attatched to a stout harness might also prove helpful.

People have been climbing up things for a long time. If you are afraid of heights don't try anything I've mentioned. If you aren't and like to take risks, give it a shot. Have a friend around to drive you to the hospital.

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A 26ft boat.. seems to me it would not be so large a mast that it can't be taken down with some help from your friends. Unless it's keel stepped that could be a problem.

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There are many threads around here on dropping/raising a mast. Take it down, do the job right.

I've stepped mine twice so far, similar sized boat. It's not too terrible of a job with a couple of helpers.

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There are many threads around here on dropping/raising a mast. Take it down, do the job right.
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Re: Mast (Climbing)- No Halyards

Two prussics are how I have done it. wrap around the mast, advance, step up, advance step up. at the spreaders tie in a new one above them and repeat. This knot is only for those with experience as if tied incorrectly can fail. In a past life i was an arborist so climbing was an everyday occurrence and am very comfortable with its use.
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Re: Mast (Climbing)- No Halyards

If the OP is asking, "Any ideas on how to climb the mast?" the answer should be an unequivocal DO NOT ATTEMPT. If the OP had done it, he wouldn't be asking.
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Re: Mast (Climbing)- No Halyards

Then there is this idea, rent an arborist. Most tree trimming companies have a 40 foot lift bucket and very few would ever turn down a chance to make money. If they do not have a handy lift or you cannot get close enough to their truck to do any good, I would suggest the arborist make the climb, a mast is a simple climb with the right gear. When the job is completed, pay and tip the climber very well, doing so will possibly earn you a mast monkey for life. Fact is despite the couple news worthy events a year of someone falling from their mast, people have been climbing mast for a thousand years. Safety and a redundant safety are a must. If they know what they are doing they will already have the gear they need. Other "climbers" include linemen, recreational rock climbers, and professional search and rescue climbers. Ask around and make connections. Bottom line, it's just a mast.

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