Glad you didn't fall in...the environmental remediation costs would have been astronomical.
You need a good tether, harness and jacklines... especially when you're singlehanding. Falling overboard really isn't an option when you're singlehanding... you can't expect your boat to come back and save you like some have had happen... it just doesn't normally happen.
I also believe a good boom brake is a valuable piece of safety gear. That's why I have a Dutchman Boom Brake installed on my boat. Makes the nasty boom a lot safer.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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