Use your potato masher to retrieve a halyard up the mast instead of the bosun's chair . . .

Potato Masher = Bosun’s Chair??

Okay, I’ve had my favorite salad bowl hijacked for changing the oil because “it’s just the right size to fit under the oil drain.”  And my turkey baster got cut in half to use as a funnel for transmission fluid (I suggested that one, can’t blame Dave).

So I get it that sometimes galley gear can be used for other purposes.  After all, boaters love things that can serve more than one purpose.  And I did make TBG’s tag line “getting the most out of your boat kitchen.”

But using a potato masher instead of a bosun’s chair may just take the cake.

Readers Debbie and Brian Carroll needed to retrieve a halyard that had gone up the mast . . . and Debbie’s not a real fan of going up in the bosun’s chair.  So she Google’d on how to retrieve a halyard without going up the mast and found a suggestion about using a spare halyard and a couple of forks.  Thinking about it, she figured that the potato masher might work even better . . . and it did!

You’re going to need a wire potato masher, a long spare halyard (or tie extra line on to one — make sure it’s VERY securely tied or you’ll have two halyards up the mast and no spare) and some tape.

You can see in the photos how Debbie and Brian did it — taped the potato masher to spare halyard, hoisted it to the level of the shackle on the halyard they needed to retrieve, then “wiggled it around” until it caught.  Carefully pull them down together!

While neither Dave nor I really hated to go aloft, getting the bosun’s chair out of the lazarette, the safety harness on and everything set up to go just seemed to take forever.  This is so much faster and safer!  Thanks for sharing, Debbie and Brian.

Use your potato masher to retrieve a halyard up the mast instead of the bosun's chair . . .

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