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Re: folding mast steps
We have folding steps in both boats. All the way to the top. On the top the small boat has two steps so you can share your weight evenly. On the big boat I had them add a second set of even steps on the top so that I can get my head well above the mast top, thatís helpful but can be dangerous so you need to be careful.
The folding steps may need some. Encouragement to open. Carry a small tool bag up with something to persuade the steps. If Iím doing any significant work aloft I climb but also have a harness attached to a halyard. Wife at the mast winch. I climb and defend under my own power. It have this backup. Canít do that solo obviously.
I canít see having no steps. I watched a very experience me fellow try to use an ATN, looked like a a PITA.
33' Brewer, Murray 33, steel cutter
44' Pape, Steelmaid, cc steel cutter