Originally Posted by Jimbo485
I think they are called JUMARS. I went into a rock climbing store, explained our situation and asked what I needed. The first time up took me about an hour, the same to get down. I am quite a bit faster now that I have learned the technique and how to get the rhythm going, but I am sure any decent rock climber would laugh at me...
I also use rope
ascenders to go up the mast
. I found going up was OK, but getting back down very slow. So now I get my wife to lower me on the halyard
, which I always had rigged as a safety
Re horror stories - we don't have any. Our worst passage
was about 800 miles, around 600 of which was in wind
over 30 knots. Not scary, just a little uncomfortable, mostly due to the noise
, and boring, because we couldn't go sit on the trampolines or read.
Passagemaking is only a small fraction of your time on a boat anyway. We had 4 crappy, but far from dangerous, days in nearly 3 years.
You'd be lucky to do that well on a daily commute by car.