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Old 14-01-2014, 14:14   #16
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Re: To Fat to go Aloft?

I personally would drop the mast with that list of work to do. Might also be a good time to really inspect the rig and make sure everything is in order.

And Mark I use a climbing rig and host a doubled line so a can repel down. I am 57 and recently climbed a 80 foot mast by myself and was able to do it again the next day although I was a bit sore after the third time up. You just need the right rig for climbing.

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Old 14-01-2014, 14:57   #17
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Re: To Fat to go Aloft?

Our marina will rent their JLG man lift. You might look into some arrangement like this. Really nice to work from a standing platform.

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Old 14-01-2014, 18:26   #18
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Re: To Fat to go Aloft?

I can't speak to the cost of unstepping the mast, it will vary from marina to marina. The last time I unstepped my mast in the middle of the season, the marina charged me $100. Going up the mast or paying $100? Easy decision.

Masts should be unstepped from time to time to carefully inspect them, maintain them, and upgrade them. If your mast hasn't been down since you bought the boat, it might be a good idea to spend the money and drop it. Especially, since you have a fair amount of work to do on the mast.

I'm not sure why anyone who owns a production sailboat would spend money on a rigger to tune the mast. It isn't that difficult. Spend a (very) few dollars on
Ivar Dedekam's Sail Tune and Rig Tuning guide and do it yourself. Available on Amazon.
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Old 14-01-2014, 20:48   #19
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Re: To Fat to go Aloft?

When securing myself for climbing, I use a figure-8 knot, or a climbing-certified safety-shackle,
Never used splicing.


Is it possible that my sole purpose in life is to act as a warning to others?
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