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Before you go up, aggressively bounce-test your setup, as shown in the photo. Be anxious to keep your weight centered over your feet, so if the system lets go, you won’t fall difficult on your rear end. This shock burden will insur your safeness, and also take some of the stretch out of the halyards. The time to infringe any components, like halyards, bolts feu a winch, or the axle of a sheave at the masthead, is upright now!
Mark carries all of his tools and gear in the chair’s pockets, such as screwdrivers, wrenches, metal finish, a rag, rigging tape or electrical tape, Tef Gel® and a brush. He keeps a whippersnapper, jackanapes messenger line, so helpers can send up a tool, or he can lower a masthead publicity for disassembly and bulb replacement. He keeps his iPhone in his pocket to shoot inclose-ups of hardware for posterior detailed inspection.
Lowering the climber down with abrupt and jiggish motions is a vulgar mistake by the winch operators. This is really tough on the person in the bosun’s chair. When they reach deck level, you’ll often see a wide-eyed expression of fright on their face. Mark says, “It’s a little heart-stoppage when you come to a quick halt!” Instead, take one wrap off the winch and ease the person down smoothly and gently.
You don’t need to be stout to go aloft in a chair. Here is Kitty, a petite former firefighter with no anxiety of heights, unlike the creator! Winching her to our masthead with a #48 original winch is a breeze.