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Date Posted: - Tuesday - 05/15/07 - 1:07pm
Author: Mike Anthony
Subject: up the mast
In reply to: Randall, Murre, M31 's message, "Going up the mast" on - Monday - 05/14/07 - 11:25pm

We have a 40 with stika spruce spars. I am a big man, 285 lbs, do you think I am too big to be hoisted up safely? I mean it seems like a lot of weight to put all the way up to the top.

Mike & Paula
S/V Tivoli

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[> [> the mast -- Randall, - Wednesday - 05/16/07 - 9:59pm

Its one of those deeply personal questions that no one can answer but you, like should I get a tattoo, become a Buddhist, marry that girl?

I think its entirely safe
-if your mast is healthy AND IN COLUMN
-if the support system is well found (stays, shrouds, hayards, bosuns chair, etc.)
-and if you have a strong heart. :)

I dont know numbers, but in column, your mast should be able to take tremendous downward pressure, Id guess many times your weight. Proper staying means that side pressure (say if youre swinging out to get at the end of the spreaders) is translated into downward pressure.

And from a practical standpoint, theres no difference re weight on the mast between going up to the spreaders and going to the top.

That said, I couldnt get myself above the spreaders. Hauling one's self up changes the dynamic. I lost my nerve.


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[> [> [> The Mast -- Doug Wilson, - Wednesday - 05/16/07 - 10:40pm

I found a bunch of stainless mast steps at Minney's in Newport Beach and used them to install the radar on the mizzen. Still need to finish up on the foremast.Hope I have enough!
I'm getting too old for that much adventure.

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[> [> [> [> Mast Head -- Bruce (Gitana Vela), - Thursday - 05/17/07 - 5:56pm

Mike. I weight 205+ and have been up to the top of both masts of my Mariner 31. I have not noticed any undue "flex" in the masts, and have swung myself out to tne ends of both spreaders. I use a Top Climber Ascender
I think you're okay, if not afraid of heights. Do it on a calm day:)

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