Afraid of Heights: Try Repairs on a Sailboat Mast

Every sailboat needs repairs or maintenance sometime. A small event like sail tape coming loose on a spreader means a trip up the mast.


When sailing the in Bahamas, there are enough calm days to ascend the mast in safety. This weather came right before a cold front.

Safety being the key. The work has to be done, but it doesn’t have to be dangerous. A good harness and bosuns chair, two halyards, two people manning the halyards, tools tied to the belt, and up you go.

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2 thoughts on “Afraid of Heights: Try Repairs on a Sailboat Mast

  1. Who decides which lucky crew member gets to go aloft?! I’ll bet there’s an extra beer in the fridge for the brave soul swinging from that rigging!
    Cool picture.


    1. Well, that depends on the work being done. Usually, it’s easiest if the lightest person goes up. Sometimes the job requires technical expertise, and then the person with the expertise goes up. I get quite a rush when it’s my turn.


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