No, I'm not talking about how to smoke pot. According to statistics, most of ya'll already know about that.
If you've been reading our recent posts, you know that we've been working on Nirvana in hopes of sailing her before it gets cold. Luckily, it doesn't get really cold here in Louisiana until December but we're getting antsy.
We have one more project to do before putting on the sails and leaving the dock for the day ... installing a lazy jack system and our new sail pack. Adding the sail pack isn't a big deal, but the lazy jack system requires getting high ... up the mast.
Ken and I plan on purchasing something after our house sells to climb the mast, but until then we must rely on friends. That's not a bad thing, and we're lucky to have friends that have the equipment to climb the mast ... but we wait. We all work during the week and have our own schedules, but the plan is to have the lazy jacks installed no later than the end of the month.
All of this waiting has got us thinking about what we want to buy for ourselves to climb the mast. There are several ways to get high ... bosun chair, mast steps, mast ladder, or fabric steps such as Mast Mate. We're not considering a ladder, but we are considering the other options. We like the idea of mast steps, but wonder if we should only consider the folding mast steps. Thoughts of the steps being in the way come to mind if they don't fold up. Our friend will be using his Mast Mate when he helps with our lazy jacks. This seems to be a good option, but we're thinking we like those real steps a little better. Than there's the bosun's chair, which is used by a lot of folks ... hmmm. No matter what we decide, we'll be clipped to something as a back-up device.
The guy in the picture below from our neighborhood ... we both have a Catalina, but we won't be getting high his way!
So, what are your experiences and recommendations? I'm not gonna lie ... we're a little nervous.
Hasta luego ... until then. Mid-Life Cruising!