righting lines topic

Andy Robinson posted this 28 March 2018

can anyone out there send me a diagram/pics of the best way to rig righting lines please?

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Ian McDonald posted this 28 March 2018

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!

Andy Robinson posted this 28 March 2018

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. :-)

Andrew Liddington posted this 28 March 2018

Andy I have a system which retracts and creates a ‘ladder’ loop to climb in with. If you e mail me at [email protected] I will send you a video and a diagram. Andrew

Andy Robinson posted this 29 March 2018

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.



Sal Erskine-Furniss posted this 12 April 2021

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?



Andrew Liddington posted this 12 April 2021

Sal See my post above March 2018. Drop me an email and I will send a diagram and video. This sorted my problem of getting back in the boat. Andrew [email protected]

Steve Gray posted this 22 April 2021

Andrew- can you also share with me please [email protected] many thanks

simon law posted this 03 May 2021

Andrew ... could you share with me too? [email protected] Thanks!

Richard Read posted this 17 May 2021

Hi Andrew, could you share with me too? [email protected]

Many thanks.

Geoff Gritton posted this 07 June 2021


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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Ken Bright posted this 24 July 2021

Can I have a copy please age and infirmity prevent me getting backin these days

Ken Bright S4822 "Chemo Works"

Andrew Liddington posted this 26 July 2021

Ken Drop me an email with your e address and I will let you have the info. Andrew [email protected]

Barrie Woodhall posted this 28 July 2021

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.

Kenneth Brooks posted this 02 September 2021

Hi Barrie

What sort of Masthead float did you use as I would also like to fit one (struggle with capsizes!)

Ian McDonald posted this 03 September 2021

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

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