So where is this post heading you ask? It is a reality check on equipment for the beginning cruiser, at least from our point of view. Most die hard cruisers have become so accustom to their choices and upgraded to their preferences that they are just second nature or assumed. We being so new to cruising it is a major decision every time we make a choice. With some of our choices being a total waste of cash there will be plenty to "suggest" you avoid the same mistakes. So we will randomly post both a "good" and a "bad" item we have chosen to evaluate.
ATN top climber: I will give it credit as to when I went up the mast in Morgan's Bluff for a few minutes it was not as bad as I remember from last year. But at a whopping $475.00 There should be a Blonde Amazonian stuffed in the bag to help you up the mast. The basic gear can be purchased from a climbing specialty store for less than a third, maybe even less than a quarter of this prefabricated kit. It will get you up the mast single handidly without much effort since your wallet will be so light. But beware of you foot control on the way up you will put scratches and scrapes into your annodized mast. If you can sew then make your own web ladder and buy a harness to clip into for safety. If it was only $150.00 or less it would be moved over to the good pile.