Everyone, thanks for the advice and encouragement.
I ended up taking down the mast
and making the repair. This was a reinforcement of a lesson I thought I had learned long ago. Don't trust “experts” simply because they are being paid and say they have the experience and know how. If you think about how things should go, and you think things arn't right, and your gut is giving you a bad feeling, go with your gut! To make a long story short, the rigging
“experts” I hired dropped the mast on me! My right side got fairly banged up, but no damage to the boat or mast. It would have been far worse if they hadn't followed the suggestions I'd given. After that, I took charge and directed EXACTLY how it would go back up. We laid everything out and under my direction, she was back up and rigged tight in less than 5 min just as easy as pie. Now they want me to help them out when they work on other boats!
When in doubt, remember it's your boat and you've got to be comfortable with whats being done.
I still want to get (more like borrow) a top climber and see how it would be to go up. However, I want to do this with nothing wrong with the boat, out in the bay a little and with another boat and people standing by to help if needed.
I agree with you Cdunc that I would like to be able to do this when the need arises. But that is something to do a little more controlled and that being the only thing that needs to happen.
I have to disagree with Tager though. I was in a marina. Honestly, one of the best
things that could have happened was coming down slowly and getting wet. The worse was coming down into the mast of another boat, falling on another boat or the dock
, rolling the keel
of my boat under the dock
(causing unknown damage to both) and having to deal with the ramification of all of that. Also, the idea of coming down, maybe not so slowly, into the water
while strapped into a restraint isn't a pleasant thought.
I would rather tackle the whole going up thing in a little more controlled manner.
Again, thanks to everyone!