Hi all, got my first question.
I've been reading old threads regarding mast
climbing as I'm planning to do so this weekend. Overall, I think I've settled on a few strategies to try out with my climbing harness.
This is all well and good, but one thing I hadn't seen discussed much was weight aloft/capsize/rigging damage.
I have a small boat (Coronado 25) with about 4500lbs displacement
and 2150lbs of keel
. I fluctuate between 240-250lbs and have some concern about putting that kind of weight aloft. I am young and of weak mind strong back, so I am planning on climbing my way up via prusik knots or putting down the cash on a ascender. The mate, at a whooping 115, will tail me on the main halyard
. we've considered sending her aloft and she would love to, unfortunately, she's not at all mechanically-inclined (yet
I did a very rough sketch based on vague information I have regarding my boat's dimensions and it seems that, even accounting for a factor of safety
, the boat should support my weight geometrically without too much pendulum action. Am I missing something else? Of course, the rig itself may fail, but it's 1/4" in reasonable condition (of course, I'm going out to check that more carefully, so....)
Is this stupid? Thoughts?