I've had mine for a couple of years. Have rerigged the boat while in place, added a number of bits of hardware
and gone up a couple of times just to take pictures. Went up to the masthead 7 times in one day replacing the head
stay and R&Ring the roller furling
. Being able to climb to the masthead without needing anyone's help has been invaluable.
It takes a bit of work to climb but practice makes it easier. There is a bit of a learning
curve to use it easily. Biggest improvement was changing out my main halyard to a hitech lowstretch line. Crank that up very tight so there is virtually no stretch in the line. Makes climbing way more efficient. If the climbing line is not cranked really tight and/or quite stretchy you waste a lot of effort in overcoming the elasticity of the line. Don't forget to put a line around all your tools. It's a long way to the deck
and things like drill motors bounce quite high and pretty much guaranteed to go off the boat. To make it short, it's one tool that I would be at a serious loss without.
Climbing is not effortless and not super fast but gets you to the top in a few minutes. I've not had any problems climbing and I'm no spring chicken, just turned 65. If you are fifty pounds overweight and in terrible shape, you might want to higher a rigger, however.