A long-used traditional method to ascend the mast is the bosunís chair. This
is a seat with webbing around the waist and upper thighs that is fastened to a halyard,
and then the person is hoisted aloft as another crew cranks the halyard winch. A
safety harness should be can be used for backup security.
- Safe when used properly
- Climber has freer use of hands when ascending and at work height
- Least expensive mast-climbing system
Warning: Do not attempt to construct your own bosunís chair from materials
at hand. Manufactured bosunís chairs are safe because their materials are designed
to support the climberís weight, and they are designed so that it is virtually impossible
to fall out of them.