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Friday funny

This seemed to be of nautical interest in this morning's paper...


Bob on Meredith said...

It has always been our view that if you fall overboard in bad weather it is Sayonara Baby.

We discussed this today with life time cruisers Paul and Mo on Ti Gitu and Paul relayed his experience as a fireman (on the water in Britain). He and a burly mate in calm conditions could not manhandle a 135 lb dead weight person over the 28 inch freeboard of their rescue boat.

His opinion is that if you fall overboard just wave goodbye.

The trick is to set your jacklines, use your tethers (short, not those 12 foot long slinkies) and be very deliberate, going forward only if it is necessary and after dark little if anything is necessary.

Rhys said...

The skipper on my November Atlantic delivery had a near-identical point of view, with the additional "stay clipped on all the time in the cockpit on night watch, and wake me up if you have to leave the cockpit AT ALL" proviso.

Having been subject to a clear-air squall at 3:30 AM 600 miles offshore that, had I not been on a short tether, would have seen me slide under the lifelines and into the frothing briny, I wholeheartedly concur.

We are quite strict about PFDs for kids aboard and wear them ourselves above 12 knots, even on Lake Ontario. The steel boat will have heavy-duty jacklines as a matter of course, even though I have tall, 1 1/4" Schedule 40 rails instead of the usual lifelines, because it would be nearly impossible to get me aboard if I was in any way disabled due to freeboard, my size and the fact that my wife is five foot tall and my son is 10.

I think there's a case for rigging a sort of hammock off the end of the boom to scoop up COBs, but I'd have to make it up myself. Makes more sense than a "Lifesling" to me.