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?