recommendations for mast steps for Westsail 42?

  • April 14, 2012 12:29 PM
    Message # 889712
    Deleted user

    Ahoy Westsailors,  I'd like to install non folding mast steps along the entire length of my Westsail 42 Paragon's LaFiell mast.  I like the mast step design where the step is like a triangle that you can wedge your foot in, or put your arm through to hold on.. Seems to be the most secure foothold.  I'm thinking I will rivet the steps onto the mast, 18-22" apart...  Does anyone have any recommendations, especially on a brand, model, source, etc?  Thanks! 

    Drake from Westsail 42 'Paragon'

    Oriental, NC

  • June 26, 2012 8:13 AM
    Reply # 983105 on 889712
    We have Al steps on our 42. I believe I actually go them from Sailorman in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They are trianglular and have rounded foot pads. I can climb them with bare feet.  We only put them up to the first spreaders.
  • June 27, 2012 5:03 AM
    Reply # 984366 on 889712
    Deleted user

    Drake - Controversial subject..  Might as well have posted a question on anchors or firearms;-)  We had SS triangular steps on Abake all the way to the masthead.  They were attached with SS pop rivets which were a magnet for corrosion (dissimilar metals).  We had experience with mast steps on our W32 and knew that although they are convenient, they are halyard traps and always cause problems.  When we refinished the mast we opted to remove the steps and seal all the holes.  Access will be either by bosons chair or ascender.  Having steps to the first set of spreaders only would probably not be too bad.

  • July 26, 2012 5:31 AM
    Reply # 1020210 on 889712
    Hey, Drake, I recommend shroud ratlines/steps from rail to spreaders, running between fore & aft lowers. I think you saw what I fashioned when we met three years ago in Oriental. The mast steps you describe have those positive features. I have them above the spreaders to the truck. But each time I put my foot in one, I am reminded of the (maybe aprocryphal?) story of the guy who slipped, broke his leg locked into step, then fell to the deck. Call me cautious, but I always have a safety line on.
    Best wishes
    Will Thiers
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