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Re: Scary night sail

Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd;1089572
How much higher does he need to be? Is it merely a few inches? Can he sit on one of the square, Type IV floatation cushions?[/quote

If the reefing systems are inoperable, don't be afraid to issue a "no-go" if the wind is up.
He needs to be at least 10 inches higher.
He can with his hands hop up on a 5" cushion.
We mocked up a 10" cushion and he couldn't get up on it.

He has a scissors lift from an old car but installing that will trash the aft cockpit locker and require a lot of work and possibly and extra battery or two.

The current thinking is a board with a double layer of 5" foam in the middle and and single on the sides.
This way he can step himself up.
This device would have to snap in somehow so it didn't slid around.
He would have to have a flip down shelf for his feet as they otherwise would not touch the floor.

Even if this works I still have some concerns.
If the boat heals what is going to keep him from sliding off the seat.
He has to be able to get out of the way if I have to drive or if he just wants to take a break.
We both have to be able to reach the engine controls on the starboard side.

I don't think we have a good idea yet.
Maybe the scissors lift is what it will have to be.
But how safe is it. Will it pinch someone on the way down?
Can he see and control the engine at the same time.

If he had even 10k to spend maybe something can be done.
But right now he needs dock-lines, sail cover, running rigging, engine work and an interior.

He is so far over his head and didn't know it.
I think he is slowing coming to that understanding.

If I can work it out so he can have one more season maybe then he can see the adventure as a success.

The last sail of the day yesterday I didn't put up the main. It was gusty enough that the half Genoa was enough for a mom and her two young daughters none of whom had ever been on a boat before.

I made that mistake a few years ago and the guy never went out a second time.

The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.

Last edited by davidpm; 09-17-2013 at 03:52 PM.
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