Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mast steps

To make it easier to inspect and work on the main masthead, I installed two folding steps about 4 feet below the top of the mast. I’m building a 3:1 system from Harken hexaratchet blocks to be able to pull myself up. Once up there I will be able to stand on the steps, tie off, and work at chest level to inspect, change anchor bulbs, VHF antenna, windvane, etc. Trying to do this from a bosun chair is difficult because you’re working above your head and can’t see the very top. First project will be to change the anchor bulb to LED.