I used one once and really did not like it. They are heavy, take up a lot of storage
and not all that easy to use. The time I went up was at dock
on a Lagoon
38 with a bit of a chop in the harbor. By the time the hoist got to the top it was banging and swinging around quite a bit. The weight was hard to control from deck
. I did not find it easy to pull myself up either and as I recall
had to pull myself down. For what they want for those things you can set up a great rope
climbing rig with ascenders and descenders. I have always found that a better way to climb and by far the safest. I never recommend using a windlass
to pull somebody up, I know of a few cases where people have gotten hurt doing that.