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Old 31-07-2018, 12:30   #1
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Climb my Mast in Annapolis?

I'm looking for someone in the Annapolis area who can help me complete a mast coax replacement and anchor light repair by doing the up the mast work while I'm the on-deck support (I'm terrified of heights). I'm willing to pay a pro or an experienced amateur in $ or beer and the portion of the project for which I need the help should not take more than a couple hours. Knowing how to use a drill and crimp/heat shrink are a plus. Would appreciate any recommendations for anyone who can help me out before the end of next week. Pro rigging shops seemed to be booked solid.
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Old 31-07-2018, 12:50   #2
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Try Anne Arundel Dive. She climbs for $.

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Old 31-07-2018, 14:18   #3
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Re: Climb my Mast in Annapolis?

Hey 4arch.
Afraid of heights? I know what you mean, that tingly feeling in my legs when I even think of heights.
But here’s something - I realised that I might HAVE to go up my mast. So, I put on my brown pants and tightest underwear, and had my wife, who also suffers from acrophobia, haul me up. I used a good bosun’s chair, on the main halyard, and as a backup, fashioned a body harness from line, and attached that to the spinnaker halyard. Two completely independent (other than the mast) systems.
I went up. It was bad until I got to the spreaders. And then, the anxiety slowly left me. Not that I could say it was enjoyable, but the tingling was gone. Since then we have both been up several times. Not fun, but sometimes almost fun.
Remember about maybe HAVING to go up?
We recently sailed from PR to Curaçao, and outside Spaanse Water, the main wouldn’t drop. Long story short: I HAD to go up. At sea. It was NOT fun, but I did it, and survived.
You don’t want to let someone else do the easy job in a quiet harbour, while you forgo the practice, and then have to do it in less than ideal circumstances.
Get a system you KNOW you can depend on AND a backup. Have someone you trust, and who understands what it is like hoist you up. You might be glad you did one day.
Good luck! If I was closer, I would be happy to assist. But ....
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Re: Climb my Mast in Annapolis?

If I can recommend - go across the bay to Cambridge to Yacht Maintenance, the first yard on the left as you enter town. Really competent rigger there and they only charge $70/hr vice Annapolis rip-off prices.
Had we not just moved south, my wife and I could have helped you.
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Re: Climb my Mast in Annapolis?

You might try Port Annapolis marina. They have a captive rigging shop there. Call Kevin, the service manager, and see if you can do a short tie up and have a rigger help you out.
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If you go up the mast, make Sure you take a camera, as the view is always fantastic.
I’d offer, but I weigh about 225#.
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Give Tom Yoho a call _ he is on a boat in at Bert Jabins Yard
302 228 9068 tell him Steve sent you
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confirm Tom Yoho. Great work Fair prices
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