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Old 14-05-2010, 20:51   #1
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Best Line for Bosun's Chair ?

Dumb question, but what is the best line to use for my bosun's chair (for unassisted use)?

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I take it you are raising yourself?

That is a bad idea from the start.
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I take it you are raising yourself?

That is a bad idea from the start.
Well, OK. But not everybody has help. Heck, I'm all for having someone else strain at hauling my carcass straight up.

But the answer to the question would be...IMHO... 2 halyards. The best you've got. If you only have a headsail and mainsail, each with dedicated halyards, you've got what you need. The ones that depend on sheaves that take the line over the masthead instead of just thru a block that's hanging from the mast head, those give me the warmest fuzzies.

The professional riggers I know are set up to haul themselves up unassisted. But I'm sure they always prefer a line handler on deck.

And once you get up there, tie off with a seperate safety line.
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"I take it you are raising yourself?

That is a bad idea from the start.
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Well thanks for that. It would be nice to whistle up assistance any old time, but like all other single-handers, that just isn't going to happen for me.

But back on topic, what I meant was the line for the chair tackle itself.

For the support line, I use the main halyard, and apply two prussics as I make my way up/down.

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