Although this doesn't apply for sailing, on dry land and pulling up any
thing of weight, I ALWAYS put a loop in the pull line and the main person
in the ground crew gets one of the spare climbing belts, and the loop in
the pull line is hooked (short lanyard with a gorilla clamp is best) to
the D ring in the climbing belt. One person can pull and hold, with ease,
much more weight this way. Less tiring and safer too. You can obviously
use as many people as needed for the load. Even the plain window washer
belts (one D ring in the back) that can be had very cheaply are completely
adequate for this application. I also can use smaller, lighter, less
expensive pulleys because the rope is only 3/8 dia.
This is the way it's always been done around here and seems obvious, but
I've seen so many posts on this thread, and everyone seemed concerned
about the size of the rope for gripping by the ground crew. And if you're
wondering how the setup works that I've just described, and can't see it -
then it means you're not used to using a snatch block at the bottom of the
tower and that you really like to do things the hard way!
On Mon, 22 Jun 1998, Dale L. Martin wrote:
> Anyway, having hauled my share of sheets, guys (spinnaker, not
> mast), and halyards, in all kinds of seas and winds, I can tell
> you that the thicker the better when it comes to holding a line
> with tension. Smaller diameters tend to be more painful to hold
> under tension.
> Consider your ground crew!
> dale, kg5u
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