Had to go aloft to work
on the wind-vane/windex and to replace the anchor
light bulb with an LED one.
First of all - totally doable, not too difficult. I've used a climbing harness (have done rock-climbing for several years when I was younger). Must have two separate lines (one for climbing and a backup) while attached to both with self-arresting measures. Because i needed to go all the way up, I had to pick a line that went to the very top of the mast
. This is important for fractional rigs as not all lines go to the top.
I used a spinnaker
(primary) and headsail (backup) halyards. For this I dropped the headsail temporarily.
- blackdiamond climbing harness
-a couple of carabiners
- one carabiner attached to a rescue
figure eight and a short prusik lead connected to the backup line
- one carabiner attached to the a longer prusik lead on the main halyard
- one long webbing runner with prusik on main line
- spare carabiner to attach gear
and tools bag
- gloves to protect hands from rope
- move webbing runner prusik up the main line, step in and lift
myself up on one leg
- move short backup and then long active prusik
-- repeat about 20 times
- feed slack below prusik into figure eight and go down by feeing the line into the 8 with one hand and sliding the prusik down with the other.
- I don't know how this works with the chair, but i couldn't just hang "By the belt" and reach the top of the mast
. I had to stand up on the webbing loop that was pulled all the way to the sheave.
will mess with you, so try to pick very calm days
- after 20 years things are rusty, stuck, fragile.
- make sure to use some sort of a leash on your tools. You really don't want to drop anything heavy or expensive
- you need to be in a reasonable shape to do this, but it is not difficult
- do not rely on splices in your lines - tie your own knots away from the very tip of the line.
- inspect the line before using it
- test it by loading fully and loading dynamically a few times
- make sure the harness is comfortable, properly fitted and adjusted
- bring a phone
in the bag in case you need to call for help
- give yourself plenty of time and daylight, this is not a fast process and you don't want to be there in the dark.
- you can use mechanical ascenders instead of prusik - they are faster and easier, but many can't be used for descent.
- make sure the lines you are using have some slack. You can't use figure eight if the line is taught.
- size your safety
lines and make sure they are new and of high quality. Line is cheap
, life is
- bring a buddy.
- figured out a way to feed the sail and raise it into the foil by myself and without using a winch
. Pre-feed it into the foil slot, then make a loop with the line coming out of the mast, hold the loop with both hands, put your foot in it and load it up with your weight - the sail with slide up no problem. No winch
needed, just a healthy human body willing to do the work