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Re: Spacing & how many mast steps?

Just remember, the spacing you like now may be too far in a few years. We're not getting younger.

Or maybe I'm touchy because I just had my knee scoped in September. But what is the harm in a few more steps?

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Just remember, the spacing you like now may be too far in a few years. We're not getting younger.

Or maybe I'm touchy because I just had my knee scoped in September. But what is the harm in a few more steps?
$$$$$$$$$$
at $17-24 each spacing could mean $200.


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Re: Spacing & how many mast steps?

cheap compared to paying a crane or yard to pull and place it!

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Re: Spacing & how many mast steps?

True, trying to do mine while the mast is up!


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$$$$$$$$$$
at $17-24 each spacing could mean $200.
Whoopee. A rounding error in life.

Have you priced knee surgery lately? I tore my meniscus during a high-step on to a rock... kinna like a too-wide rung spacing. I'd pay 6-figures to have my original knee back.

If pennies matter to you, there are much cheaper ways to climb a mast. I still have zero interest in steps and would give them back if they were free.

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Re: Spacing & how many mast steps?

You could get a live-on deck hand for about $15,000 a year. Then no more climbing the mast.


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Re: Spacing & how many mast steps?

I spaced mine at 14" so my wife could climb easily. (I don't want to go up there.)

I also put two side by side at the top.

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Re: Spacing & how many mast steps?

I spaced mine at 50 CM (almost 20 inches). They work just fine. More would be too much for me (I am short and 54 years old).
You do not climb a mast every day, so you do not need to make it very comfortable. You pull yourself up with hands as well, for me 50 cm works. You can skip a step at each spreader.
I installed mine while the boat was at anchor with mast up. So I had to work from deck going up.
The steps saved me a lot of troubles so far:
We fixed lost mainsail halyard mid Atlantic,
We fixed jammed Genoa furler mid Atlantic,
We fixed mainsail which did not want to come down due to a loose screw at track
We installed new wind instrument, fixed windex, replaced mooring light, replaced broken spin block, ....
They worked well in rough weather mid Atlantic. In that case spacing was not the issue. The danger of banging at mast with your had was a concern.
aha: The boat is 47 feet sloop (Beneteau Oceanis 473).


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