Adding Foot Holds/Steps To A Mast
Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:51 PM
I am considering buying a Seawind 1000 catamaran. One of the issues I have is raising the main sail. To attach the halyard to the main requires climbing up two steps on the mast because the batten in the main prevents anyother method of being used.
The current owner is probably six four and has to stand on the top step and put his leg between one of the spreader stays and the mast to be at the hieght to connect the halyard to the main. Since I am only five nine, and an old fat white guy who cant jump, I would probably have to add at least one more step.
How hard/expensive would this bee and are there other issues with putting holes in the mast to attach something I will be standing on.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:23 PM
Posted 11 November 2012 - 01:36 AM
Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:00 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:12 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:18 PM
I dunno how much throw you have from the main halyard sleeve to the headboard on the sail but if you have any...before I started drilling holes in my spar I would play with adding a dyneema changing strop to the main sail that would hang down from the headboard so you would not have to climb so high. Dude, I am so high.
This is brilliant. Why would one not do this?
Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:38 PM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:33 PM
Because when you attempt to fully hoist your main sail, the shackle you attached to the changing strap would peg out in the turning sheave at the top of the mast and you wouldn't get a full hoist , If I'm reading this one right.
I was assuming one had room for this but yes, if you don't have room, you could jam the halyard in the sheave.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:09 PM
If there's enough extra length in the halyard, you could leave it attached to the mainsail and pull it down toward deck level by grabbing it with a boathook.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:59 PM
If you want the steps I'd glue them on. You can find all kinds of high strength stuff to bond Aluminum nowadays which is certainly better than drilling holes in your mast.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:15 AM
Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:40 PM
I got a couple of the West stepts linked in the first comment to my OP. I would be interested in finding out more about gluing as an option. I have a rivet tool and a drill and my first thought was to drill the six holes, coat the rivets with tec-gel, put some type of rubber barrier between the step and the mast and rivet the steps in.
What do you guys think? Would it be worth while to try and glue the stepts in or just go simple with the rivets.
Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:36 AM
Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:11 PM
How are the two existing steps attached? Just for continuity it might be worth doing it the same way.
The current steps are the alloy fold out type with a few rivets. The West ones seem a lot more solid and have six rivets.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:07 PM
Even with the steps I'm not sure why you wouldn't leave the halyard attached...