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Old 23-05-2018, 06:53   #61
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Re: Mast Climbing on the Cheap

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"Pull one meter on one end of the halyard and the other end will go up one meter."
this is when someone standing on deck & remaining there would pull you up
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Re: Mast Climbing on the Cheap

...to ease your mind, DH:
I had been mulling the exact ratio over for a long time, drew vector diagrams, etc. but couldn't come up with a definite figure.
as chance will have it a gearbox-designer is part of my mountainbike-circle of 10 or so friends & I asked him one day (his lady, an engineer in physics & computer science was present also) & within 15 or so seconds they both had the answer ready & this simple expanation with the ropelength that goes through one's fingers too...goes 2 show...
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Re: Mast Climbing on the Cheap

On a small boat you can actually bring the mast down to your level instead of climbing up. I would tie a halyard to a dock and winch it in, heeling the boat over.
I did this many times on my Alberg 30. We would heel her to port and paint half the bottom and then heel her to starboard and paint the other half. I would also inspect my rigging while the boat was heeled over.
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Re: Mast Climbing on the Cheap

It's a good discussion to be having.
The OP has a couple of fundamental fails built in to his question – the first being the “on the cheap” part – when it comes to mast climbing, it's about as dumb as possible to consider anything other than safety; the cost of decent ropes and fittings are absolutely negligible in this respect. I've had a couple of instances of UV damaged hoisting 3strand ropes just breaking midlift recently – maybe 2 year old ropes. Poly braid rope, on the other hand, seems to be quite resilient. I wouldnt trust a manilla rope.
My best bit of training for this sort of thing was an abseiling course I did a few years ago – mountaineering gear and techniques are a very good basis for this sort of thing – safety is at the core of this area of practice, and it translates pretty well to sailing. Looking at a number of posts including the OP I didnt see much evidence of any of this – no mention of double figure eight knots, proper harnesses, ascenders, obviously proper rope choices, etc, etc.
If you are going to use halyards, do you know if the pulleys, fastenings and attachment points etc, are rated and what the loading limits on them are? My main halyard dropped the sail on me awhile ago – shackle just loosened itself and came undone – my first thought at the time was “glad I wasnt using it to hoist meself up the mast at the time”
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