If you are cruising alone with your wife at some point you may need to go up the mast
. If her ability to help you go up the mast
is limited a good pair of "ascenders" are useful.
Ascenders enable you to go up the mast solo.
Some thoughts on using these...
- Get instruction! Practice in a safe environment
- You will require other things also (e.g., good harness or bosuns' chair (or both) foot straps, etc. Online instructions will provide you ideas what you need.
My opinion, the Petzl ascenders are the best. Depending on your comfort level there are also self-belay ("go down" tools) available.
Good luck and have fun!
You can spend $$ at REI pretty fast.