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I  appreciate your interest in the Mast Mate Climbing System , an efficient single-handed mast ladder and the practical Tool Bag Work belt. The Mast Mate attaches firmly to the sail track at every step and the belt allows freedom of movement with security. Combined they make working aloft a simple, easy, and most importantly safe experience. Since 1985 thousands have been sold with a money back return rate of less than 3%. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, are tired of searching the docks for a winch slave, are not a gymnast, are stubbornly independent, and want to reduce your yard bills, this system is for you. Buy one and try it , if not satisfied all that is lost is the return shipping cost. Look at the video and check out the rest of the web site to get a comprehensive understanding of the system.

 

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WOODEN BOAT MAGAZINE...........JAN-FEB 2012

SOUTHWEST SAILING MAGAZINE --- MAY 2008

SAIL MAGAZINE-----------APRIL 2014

 

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5/21/15

Gary,
I used the 27' mast mate last weekend.

I had a couple of difficulties.

One:
It was only just long enough - had to position it very carefully to be able to get to the first step from standing on the mast winches, and having the top step high enough for removing the backstay. I think I'll add a couple of folding steps at the bottom.
Two:
Although I could raise my foot enough for each successive step I had some difficulty getting my foot far enough back to not push the step up with my toe. Once I had raised the step this way I had to go down a couple of steps to push it down and try again. I had to lean back somewhat to get my toe to clear the step, and that was a little scary. My inseam is not particularly short, I could certainly be more flexible.

I thought that the clips holding the webbing to the mast slides seemed a little flimsy, and I shall probably whip them on.

I discovered that light shoes (rather than boots) and shorts (rather than jeans) helped, and I finally succeeded in getting to the top and removing the backstay.

All in all I am very pleased with the Mast Mate.
The Workbelt was marvellous. Being able to use 2 hands for work and still be secure was great.

Best Regards,
Paul

Paul;
     Thanks for such a complete critique of your climbing experience. First, if you need a longer one you can trade in the 27 for full value and get a 35 by paying the difference. Second, the steps should open completely after a few minutes which makes climbing easier. Third, yes the shackles look a bit flimsy but over the years they have proved adequate but, like you, I would whip the slides on to get a tighter fit. And yes, the right clothes and shoes are important. Thanks again, I will print your comments in the customer response web page.--------gary

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QUESTION BY ME ON SAILOR'S FORUM ;

Anyone with a Harken Track system find a way to attach the Mast Mate to the track? Any standard slides adaptable to the Harken track?

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I have found it quite practical to set the Mastmate free, with the use of a winch to provide a tight down haul. If the ladder is hauled tight, it doesn't move and the slides are not needed. I have not used the slides in years.

 

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