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Old 06-09-2011, 14:32   #16
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Had a mast climbing last weekend at the local yacht club. One fella was hoisted up in bosun's chair and fall harness. Bosun chair wasn't winched up enough and left him hanging about 2 " from the chair. He didn't think anything of it. 20 minutes later he was having problems breathing and yelled to get him down quick, then passed out.

While trying to lower him his leg got on the wrong side of the spreader and he hung up. Took a few more minutes to haul him back up until his leg cleared the spreader. We got him down and he is ok, but I am now a believer in a fall harness and a fall harness footline when going aloft.

I've always heard a harness could put you out if you "hung around" long enough. I didn't believe it until now.
First thing on the "new" boat was mast steps. I had them put on 24" apart, I should have done 18" or 20". But it works for me.

Anyway, I use the steps, and a harness, and the wife on a halyard. I'm not bad with heights but I know that one mistake will be a lot of hurt.

I was up putting in new halyards and she was having trouble fishing them through. It was pretty hot and I had been up for a while, maybe an hour or two.

All of a sudden I start feeling sick. OK, get me down now. All she had to do was release the halyard and keep a wee bit of tension while I came down using the steps.

It took me a while to recuperate but I finished the job after a bit.

But it sure came on fast.
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:07   #17
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You can see the steps on the mast & Mel's concentration......i2f
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Old 08-09-2011, 14:38   #18
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Re: Up the Mast

That's not concentration, shes just looking up your pants.
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You can see the steps on the mast & Mel's concentration......i2f
I'm definitely showing this thread to my wife.
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I'm definitely showing this thread to my wife.
Ditto! The photo John posted has completely altered my views on wife-swapping!
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She took a video too of Golfito, and finally put the camera on herslef. Her sister said WHY!.........i2f
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My wife sees no value in a photo or video that she isn't "The Star" of, but I don't think offering to have her in the photos would get her up the mast! When I first tried out my mast climber in L.A., I ran out of steam before I got past my spreaders. Nothing like watching your wife laugh her ass off at you - as you swing back & forth at 35/40 feet - to make one think of future vengeance!
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