How we do it is for one of us to get in the boatswains chair, and the other cranks him or her up the mast, using either the main halyard or the spinnaker
halyard and the appropriate winch
. (I prefer the double handled winch
handle for this job, but I am not particularly strong.) One can also use one's anchor windlass
, but then the halyards need long tails. Jim bought one of those Milwaukee right angle drills with a bit to fit our winches, and I put him up with that, and that was easiest of all!
If you haven't gone aloft this way before, spend some time beforehand getting all the tools and materials you'll want, and figure out how you'll get them up with you. Jim usually uses a bucket for the tools, etc, and secures it to one of the loops on the boatswains chair. He also uses a climbing harness sometimes. PLEASE NOTE, DO NOT
TRUST THE SNAP SHACKLE FOR THIS JOB: TIE A BOWLINE KNOT
THROUGH THE LIFTING RINGS ON THE CHAIR.
Good luck with it.