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Old 31-10-2015, 12:54   #1
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Captain Al's Mast Ladder

Captain Al's Mast Ladder. This is a very safe way to go up the mast. Your mate will never have to winch you up the mast again!

The Ladder is 34'-6" long and is made with 1" webbing and 1" diameter ladder rungs. The top has a stainless steel ring to attach to your halyard. The ladder is attached to the mast with sail slugs that measure 5/8" at 22.5" on center. Length is 34'-6", and will start above the boom so is good for masts up to 38" tall.

It's always been stored dry in a bag and is clean and in great shape. $80 plus shipping.
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Old 01-11-2015, 06:58   #3
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Re: Captain Al's Mast Ladder

Does it need to be hoisted all the way to the masthead? Can it be "appended"? My mast is a bit taller.
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Boy...

Carly... I sure don't want to detract from the efficiency of this ladder, but this is the first thing that came to mind looking at it...
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:29   #5
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Does it need to be hoisted all the way to the masthead? Can it be "appended"? My mast is a bit taller.
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You can use it with a taller mast.
1. Hoist it as high as desired
2. You should have a safety line (a spare halyard) in case you fall. You can have some one belay you on it.
3. Using the spare halyard have someone winch you up the few feet the ladder is to short.
4. Climb the ladder.


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You can use it with a taller mast.
1. Hoist it as high as desired
2. You should have a safety line (a spare halyard) in case you fall. You can have some one belay you on it.
3. Using the spare halyard have someone winch you up the few feet the ladder is to short.
4. Climb the ladder.


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If this ladder is still available I would like to purchase. I am not very experienced with the cruisers forum so I am not sure how to do this.

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Is this still available??? Want to purchase.
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Rat lines?
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Re: Captain Al's Mast Ladder

My two cents about rope ladders in general: Your center of gravity is just south of your belly-button, and equilibrium is reached when your butt is at the lowest point and your hands and feet are pointing skyward. This means that unless the lower end of the rope ladder is pulled down firmly, you will naturally hang with all your weight on your arms. Not a good position to do any useful work from!
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My two cents about rope ladders in general: Your center of gravity is just south of your belly-button, and equilibrium is reached when your butt is at the lowest point and your hands and feet are pointing skyward. This means that unless the lower end of the rope ladder is pulled down firmly, you will naturally hang with all your weight on your arms. Not a good position to do any useful work from!
Why is going up on a boson's chair objectionable? If the halyard is sound.
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It's not objectionable. I'm solving a problem with constraints: how to go up the stick given I don't have anyone helping. Having someone winch you up in a bosuns chair does not satisfy this constraint. Sending oneself up in a bosuns chair is probably trickier than using one of these.

One advice I did see was to first send a bosuns chair up to the location where work needs to be done, then hoist one of these ladders, then go up and get into the chair and do the work.

For me this length is a bit short, trying to figure out how to cover the remaining 5-7 feet (same constraint: I am always working solo).


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Re: Captain Al's Mast Ladder

Maybe I'm strange? In days of yore I have hauled myself up to paint a mast. Only a board with a yoke as the boson's chair. Worked fine. Today not a chance. the equipment would still be good.
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