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Old 28-03-2017, 11:27   #31
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Re: Chair, Harness, or Ladder?

We use the ATN mast climber, which seems to be a combination bosunís chair and harness. I find it perfectly comfortable to be up and working. Very safe, and can be done solo.
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Old 28-03-2017, 12:59   #32
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Re: Chair, Harness, or Ladder?

sorry ;ate to the game


I am in my sixties and used to be a rigger my elbows are shot


I use a top climber its works well it all in the legs
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Re: Chair, Harness, or Ladder?

Chair by far. You aren't going to like hanging in a harness for long. You need to have tools and the chair helps with that. I often use a sea harness and short line along the way for security, loop around the mast at the spreaders, secure yourself where you are working.
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I used to use a harness because I had them and felt more comfortable(safe) in one, on Ski Patrol and Fire Dept. (into the mid 70's) we carried 1 inch nylon webbing which we'd tie into a hasty harness. When young hanging in a harness didn't seem to bother me, when I got old I lost weight and muscle so my legs would go numb within minutes. Switching to a nice chair it felt like sitting in a lazy boy with a seat belt and no more numb and tingling nether regions.
I might note that recently a 200+ lb. friend asked me to hoist him up using the tiny not self tailing winch on his boat and the best I could do one handed was give him an atomic wedgie.
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Lots of good scoops....

One thing that I added on, was a safety line that went from my harness , and around the mast. ....just in case there was a snap shackle, halyard, or crew failure. I would not be plummeting , arms wind milling, and impacting the deck, or even going overboard if at sea .
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For a small boat such as yours, why not do as I did. Install a Tabernacle, work in comfort while staying safe on deck?
What's a tabernacle?


ETA: Nevermind. Just googled it. Doesn't appeal to me.
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But if you are just going up once a year I will save the money and keep using my REI on sale special.

At this point, the only thing I need to do is clean the underside of my spreader bars, install some spreader lights, and inspect the VHF antenna connection.

All of my running rigging is in spectacular shape.
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Hasty webbing:
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Re: Chair, Harness, or Ladder?

I have only been up a doz. or so times.

ATN top climber, which I am happy with. Still need to have your wits about
you & I prefer to have my work harness under, clipped to a halyard with a mate tailing as backup. Never been up at sea.
Got a bit seasick recently after a couple of hours up there, on the mooring with regular traffic, so mightn't be too good at sea.

Atn is good for standing in loops to see down on masthead.
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We use the ATN mast climber, which seems to be a combination bosunís chair and harness. I find it perfectly comfortable to be up and working. Very safe, and can be done solo.


I was just watching the videos on youtube on the ATN. Looks interesting.

Doesn't look like its worth the amount of money you pay for it though? Why are these things so expensive??? Its nylon material and webbing that is stitched together with a couple of hardware pieces.
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The solution is the ATN Mastclimber. Works like a climbing harness, more comfortable than a standard bosun chair and allows you to get above the mast. Great product.
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ATN top climber,
Just checking here, ATN is the Mastclimber, Topclimber is a different product yes?

ATN Mastclimber ATN Mastclimber | Single Handed Bosun Chair | Climbing the Mast

Topclimber https://topclimberinternational.com/

I've got the Topclimber (came with boat) and not real keen on it at all, just feels and looks flimsy. I ended up buying the Alone Aloft. It wasn't cheap, and you can buy all the parts individually from elsewhere, but for me it was convenient to buy the kit, much happier and feel way more secure....

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Just checking here, ATN is the Mastclimber, Topclimber is a different product yes?

ATN Mastclimber ATN Mastclimber | Single Handed Bosun Chair | Climbing the Mast

Topclimber https://topclimberinternational.com/

I've got the Topclimber (came with boat) and not real keen on it at all, just feels and looks flimsy. I ended up buying the Alone Aloft. It wasn't cheap, and you can buy all the parts individually from elsewhere, but for me it was convenient to buy the kit, much happier and feel way more secure....

Solo mast climbing equipment - Aloft Alone
WHOA! Thanks for heads up.
I called it an ATN because that was what it was advertised as.
Never looked to see who made it, assumed ATN.

OK..... so I have the cheap and possibly nasty version of the ATN.
It was a necessary purchase rather than paying someone to fix my
masthead troubles! That will teach me for being cheap & NPA.
No worries, my canvas guy will fix the shoddy stitching, and apart from that it is ok. Anyway, I'm too wimpy to not have a secondary!
Seems I am not the only one thinking Topclimber is ATN.
See below.
https://middlebaysailing.wordpress.c...ervers-review/
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I use exactly same set up from this web site.
http://l-36.com/mast_climbing.php
Works great!
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I was just watching the videos on youtube on the ATN. Looks interesting.

Doesn't look like its worth the amount of money you pay for it though? Why are these things so expensive??? Its nylon material and webbing that is stitched together with a couple of hardware pieces.
Youíre probably right, but it came as a nice package, and just works well. Iíve had ours for years now. If I was buying new I might just assemble my own at Mountain Equipment Coop (Canadaís REI), but Iím quite happy with the kit. Itís very comfortable to work in, and climbing is quite easy.
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