Can I use it not attached to the track?

For safety reasons, I strongly discourage this way of using the mast mate. Although I have been told by single handed sailors that they have done this as they ascend by tying the Mast Mate off at intervals around the mast diagram, and others with gaff riggers or...

What if I don’t like it?

As stated in the main text, Mast Mate is fully guaranteed. If you are dissatisfied for any reason, I will refund your money. Since coming on the market in 1987 we have sold thousands of Mast Mates and to this date the money back return rate has been less than 1%. Most...

Is it safe?

Yes, with good judgment, your feet snugly secure in the steps, and an upright body position with your hands around the mast, you are much safer than sitting in a bosun’s chair where your body is situated such that any wave disturbance, dockside or otherwise, can...

Do the steps hurt my feet?

No. As stated in several articles in both Practical Sailor and Cruising World, the steps “hold your feet firmly without pinching them”. This is do to the webbing reinforcing piece in each step, and to the 2 batten stiffeners which provide additional...

Do the steps stay open?

Yes. Due to the memory characteristics of the webbing as well as the way the steps are constructed, and of course good old gravity, the steps always stay open. Even if the Mast Mate has been stowed a long time, once hoisted the steps will immediately begin to open....