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Re: New sailor looking for help - Harrison Bay, TN
It would probably be quite dangerous to use a Bosun's Chair to go to the top of the mast on a Catalina 22. Even a deep-keel version could get very unstable with a large weight (you) at the top of the mast. A better option might be to heel the boat over with some weights and by pulling on the mast (jib and spinnaker halyards?) and perhaps use a boathook to snare the halyard.
Replacing the forestay with cheap galvanized wire could work, but there are issues with, as you put it, "cinching it up". Reliable terminal fittings are expensive, and having the mast suddenly land on your head could be even more so. It might be easier to use low-stretch line (Amsteel, Dyneema, etc.) and oversize it so that it's still strong enough even with a knot tied in it, but the cost creeps back in. Going up the mast to install a new forestay might also be unstable. With two operations to do, pulling the mast to do them both right might make sense.