My three articles were really the story of all the dangerous mistakes I had been making—in common with most cruisers, and even many recreational climbers—over some 50 years of climbing masts, and the changes and improvements Phyllis and I were making.
And even at the end of that process, after I climbed the mast for the last time in the 2022 season, I identified more areas for improvement, .
I then had the winter to improve the system and have just tested it out with my first climb of the 2023 season.
By the way, I'm a firm believer in going up the rig to check it over after stepping and initial tuning, but before sailing. This also allows us to leave the fragile things like instrument wands and wind indicators off while stepping.
So lets take a look at these improvements to last year's system.