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Just ordered one to make sure it would fit our mast well, look good, and held me well. Just curious if anyone else had these? I did not want the fixed ones so lines would not get tangled, and less windage.


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Re: Mast steps

I installed these last summer, quite like them. Still have to watch your lines for tangling now and then, but they are super convenient !!

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I installed them on our previous cs 36. Loved them. Could go up and down anytime I wanted. Wife just had to follow me w/ the halyard. Plan on installing them on the current boat when we have the rig down to replace the rod rigging in the future.
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Re: Mast steps

In a pinch I've used them solo with a harness and a strap around the mast

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Re: Mast steps

I confess I've never had a great deal of trouble with the non folding type though I can see the attraction of the foldable variety. Guess it comes down to the budget.

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I installed them on our previous cs 36. Loved them. Could go up and down anytime I wanted. Wife just had to follow me w/ the halyard. Plan on installing them on the current boat when we have the rig down to replace the rod rigging in the future.
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Yes, wife has a very hard time winching me up the masts. I plan to use a clip on assender on a halyard. Going to do a few at a time as I paint the mast.

I wonder if I should sand them and paint black to match the mast, or leave them shiny? Shiny may look like a nice contrast.


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Mine are on a black mast and I like the contrast
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Re: Mast steps

A few years ago I made up some mast steps from 1-1/4" X 3/16" s.s. stock. The idea was to eliminate all but brackets on the mast to avoid weight, windage, and line tangling of permanent steps. It has worked out well. If I need to get up the mast, I just take enough steps with me in the bosun's chair, which has large pockets and slide them in as I go up. Easy-peezy. I usually leave a couple of lowers on so as to be able to get up quickly for a view of what's ahead. They are easy to make. The mast clips are attached with 4 s.s. rivets. Rough drawing:
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A few years ago I made up some mast steps from 1-1/4" X 3/16" s.s. stock. The idea was to eliminate all but brackets on the mast to avoid weight, windage, and line tangling of permanent steps. It has worked out well. If I need to get up the mast, I just take enough steps with me in the bosun's chair, which has large pockets and slide them in as I go up. Easy-peezy. I usually leave a couple of lowers on so as to be able to get up quickly for a view of what's ahead. They are easy to make. The mast clips are attached with 4 s.s. rivets. Rough drawing:
Interesting design. I would be affreid to pull some out with a line ending on top of the mast with few missing steps. But again if this happens you can still decent vith the line.
I have plastic foldable steps and love them.
I installed them with my mast up - ancored in a nice Caribbean island. I fixed a few per day . . .


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I installed them with my mast up
Thats the plan here too. Not only am I installing them with mast up, but I am painting as I ascend too.


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