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Old 24-04-2016, 09:38   #1
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How much weight will mast support?

Hi all!

Just purchased my first boat - a Tashiba 31. Windspeed and direction indicators don't work - and it will take a trip up the mast to fix.

Question - how much weight can you reasonably have on a Hayward?

I'm thinking that I want to get a mast ascenders so I can get up and down myself. What I'm concerned about is the pulley pins or something at the top of the mast getting bent. I'm 250 labs.

I know I can install permanent or foldable steps - I'll probably do that the first time I have the mast pulled. But in the mean time, I expect to use an ascender.
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Re: How much weight will mast support?

IMHO nothing will bend. Halyard sheaves are 12 mm on our small 26' boat.

You want two strong halyards that run across the mast or into the mast - not on blocks outside of the mast (often seen with spinnaker halyards).

From the mast steps I have used I would only ever buy the closed Selden model - no way your foot can slide out of.

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Re: How much weight will mast support?

Your weight should not be a problem. A properly tensioned luff ion a sail could easily be more than your weight. Axle pin is probably 1/2" minimum so you aren't going to bend that. Typical halyard will handle thousands of pounds and are sized for ease on the hands not load which gives a generous safety margin.

Have the Mast Climber from ATN and have used it to climb my mast more tha 20 times without issue. Way easier to climb with costly Dyneema cored halyard than straight Dacron. Waste a lot of energy with stretchy halyards.
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