Someone did suggest to me about using the anchor windlass, however after reading some of these posts I will bin that idea.
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15-03-12, 07:04 #41
15-03-12, 08:10 #42Registered User
Location : Gloucestershire
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- Dec 2002
There is also a very amateurish Utube video. That was taken a couple of years ago when I was a bit ponderous (but only 70!).
I now advocate holding the mast rather than the shrouds as it ensures your leg effort is directed more nearly upwards rather than outwards and upwards. Additionally, in a sea way (rather than a garden!) it is better to keep close company with the mast to lessen your blood stains thereon.
I am teetering on the brink of advertising here which I don't approve of on the forum but if anyone wants to try one, they are welcome. Keep it if you like it (and pay!), return it if it doesn't appeal.
If the weather serves, I will time my ascent up the same mast and see if I can improve on the two minutes plus a bit, pitting my improved technique against a 2 year advance in age.
Better than all this, speak to someone who has one;- there's around 100 out there somewhere.
Last edited by Graham_Wright; 15-03-12 at 09:32.I'd rather be naked
15-03-12, 08:29 #43
I will say that I developed this method: the original instructions (20 years ago?) for the Mastclimb were to use a single line attached to the bosun's chair, through a block at the masthead, then down through the device and so to the winch. I never had much success with this.
I then ascend the mast, as you say. The padding on the device in my photo above is to protect the anodising on the mast. I find that holding shrouds as they become available helps to steady me as I climb, but basically I am holding the mast or the fixed line.Answers to some technical queries at http://coxengineering.sharepoint.com
15-03-12, 08:46 #44
15-03-12, 08:57 #45Registered User
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- May 2007
One possible exception, two of us sent a young lady up the mast of creighton's once, you get two blokes jumping the kite halyard on the side of the mast and the difficulty becomes stopping at the top! The climber has to take a rope tail with them when you do it this way, as otherwise you find 120ft of 18mm halyard is heavier than the climber and it all goes pear-shaped.
15-03-12, 09:42 #46
Get one of these:
George is a lovely chap, he custom-sizes the ladder length to your mast.
I just quietly walk up, then down.
If there's a helper to hand, s/he just takes up the safety line (heads'l halyard tied to bosun's chair) as I ascend, then let's it out around a cleat as I descend.
If there's no helper to hand, I sling a lifeline around the spreaders as I reach them, then around the uppers once I'm at the top. Reverse process as I walk down.
Only downside is if the mains'l is jammed up the mast - then you definately need someone to winch you up.
My rigger just shins up with nowt else.
15-03-12, 20:36 #47Registered User
Location : Suffolk
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- Feb 2008