Yacht Mast Access
Here at Anglo Access we often receive enquiries from customers looking for a safe way to climb yacht masts.
The old days of using a bosuns chair and a spare halyard are coming to an end as mast rigging companies etc fall within the Working at Height Regulations 2005 and should by now be operating compliant systems of work. Many companies have made the effort to improve their mast climbing safety systems with climbing harnesses and ascending equipment.
Unfortunately climbing equipment rarely conforms to industrial use standards and therefore is unsuitable for 'at work' use.
Those working at height aloft the deck should be supported by a system with all components conforming to the relevant EN standards. Workers should also be provided with a safety back-up system comprising of a separate rope and fall arrest device. Rescue of an injured or incapacitated worker must also be considered, in most situations it is possible to rig the safety system in such a way that the whole system can be lowered in the event of a rescue.
A typical yacht mast access kit for yachts with powered winches would include:
How do I access the top of the mast without a powered winch?
Without the aid of a powered winch workers must climb a fixed rope using ascenders and descenders. The method used would be very similar to those shown on our rope access page.
As with all work at height, training is essential before attempting to use any of these yacht mast access methods.
For more information or to discuss your particular access situation or training requirements please do not hesitate to contact us.