Hints on Use

Wearing substantial shoes will ease any pressure on the feet, although the steps are double reinforced to remain open all of the time.

Holding onto the mast rather than on the steps is a safer way to ascend and keeps the body closer to the mast.

If the spreaders are swept back and could foul the Get-Up whilst hoisting, a small piece of electrical tape around each of the step folded back onto the vertical part that will be above the crosstrees solves the problem. Simply remove as you climb. When lowering the unit it will usually flow past and obstruction as the steps fold on their own.

Don't climb down unaided, unless you are on your own. If another person is around get them to lower the hoisting halyard and enjoy the ride.

Whilst the Get-Up is designed to fit into the sail track on the mast, tying off the vertical sections using the Velcro straps, at intervals as you climb (see the photograph alongside), is a viable alternative if for any reason the sail track is not accessible. Not of course forgetting to remove them when descending.

The use of a safety harness in conjunction with the Get-Up is a matter of personal choice but it will increase the safety aspect.

Always secure the Get-Up to a strong point at the base of the mast and then take up a bit of tension in the hoisting halyard.

The easy way to use the safety body strap at the top is to place the long end in your back pocket, change hands, then recover it with the other hand and clip into the short end, adjusting to suit comfort and body size.

When packed away it assumes the size of a supermarket bag and weighs around 5 Kg (11 lbs).