Re: First time singlehanding, bad things happen, the sound of breaking fiberglass, et
Yes, tethers are a pain and do get caught on things. The good news is that once you get used to moving from one place to another, it becomes second nature to flip the tether around those snag points.
When singlehanding, it is often necessary to simply avoid going into situations where you cannot sequence every move you are going to make. Going in toward an unfamiliar dock, I find it pays to make a practice run, sort of a touch and go, to see close-up what the conditions are to get the boat alongside and tied up.
You didn't get hurt, stuff can be prepared. Lessons, unfortunately, always get learned the hard way. Once learned this way, they are never forgotten.
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