can anyone out there send me a diagram/pics of the best way to rig righting lines please?
righting lines topic
no pictures, but I have a short length of 4mm shockcord with a loop at the end in tied to the top rudder fitting both sides so a stopper ball fitted to the righting line can fit through and be easily removed,saves drilling holes to retain the line at the back. My boat is wooden so a deck eye level with the thwart and screwed under the gunwhale is easy. I am embarrased to have them, but pleased I have!
Ian, thanks for this. Does this mean that the righting line then needs re attaching to the bungee after use?
If so, does anyone know of a way of achieving a system that automatically retracts?
Regarding embarrassment, having been blown flat at sea and struggled for 10 mins to get a boat up (which feels a lot longer when you're doing it), I would be more embarrassed to need rescuing and have to forfeit a race. :-)
many thanks Andrew, I don't particularly need the ladder bit - its getting the boat upright in big waves when I can't reach the centreboard, or more often, my hands keep slipping off it, but I can adapt what I need from your very helpful diagram and video.
I had a lovely sail, followed by a refreshing swim yesterday. My solo went turtle and although I righted her without lines, I didn't get the timing right to climb in over the thwart off the board.
So my question is - for those with short arms, swimming alongside your boat - what is the best way to climb back in?
Thanks for the assist.
I fitted them yesterday and whilst I used a single eye and no blocks they look great. If anyone wants any pictures just let me know.
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Last Edited 07 June 2021
Can I have a copy please age and infirmity prevent me getting backin these days
Ken Bright S4822 "Chemo Works"
Another option to righting lines - due to covid and reduced rescue services our club enforced masthead floats, not pretty but makes capsize recovery a doddle! With the float attached I have capsized, the boat floats on its side - I have climbed on the boom, the mast, the centreboard casing etc, the boat just sits there, you can climb over the side from inside of the boat onto the centreboard and remain virtually dry, or swim around if you want to get wet. Its a viable option if you are really struggling with capsizes.
What sort of Masthead float did you use as I would also like to fit one (struggle with capsizes!)
It would be useful to have Barries and others feedback on mast floats.
One concern if separated from the boat is that a float allows the boat to shoot off downwind - a turtle is not great but at least the boat holds position. And is the tendency for the mast to sit upwind with a float? Ok- forcing a trip under the boat during recovery or at best a second recovery when the boat capsizes again to get the mast downwind?
Last Edited 03 September 2021