Stupid Sailor Tricks!
Stupid sailor tricks? Okay, here’s a quick one.
My last boat was a Columbia 22. The space between the shrouds and the mast was a rather awkward passage so it was easier to walk to and from the foredeck by going outside of the shrouds and using them to pull myself back into the boat. I’d gotten so use to this snap maneuver, that it became second nature to me.
Came the day a bunch of us got together for mast de-stepping detail. We’d use the mast of the next largest boat to lower the mast of the larger. It actually went quite well and when all was done, 5 boats were de-stepped ranging from 34 feet to my 22. Mine was done last with all hands getting together to muscle ‘er down.
All the other crews were waiting for me on the dock just in from my mooring as we were going out to celebrate the end of a successful and fun season. I picked up and made fast, then I clumped back down the deck, flung myself out and reached for the shrouds…