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Re: Multi-hull capsize anti turtling device (mast float)

denverdOn : yeah it was in the pacific in rolling seas. The owner had experience but his crew did not, and orchestrating the routine was impossible, the crew started to get agitated and cold, so they flagged down a nearby boat to radio for help.

I think that it takes patience and timing the swells to help you because of the slow motion between the sail and water that gets the boat righted. Glad you guys performed the routine so well!

Cats are so much fun, I sold mine to a guy who shipped it to his beach-front home in Hawaii - I just might consider his offer and fly out there to get back on the thing for a couple days. (I wish)
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Re: Multi-hull capsize anti turtling device (mast float)

Contact Donald Crowhurt and ask how his innovation worked out. (Sorry, I could not resist.)
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Re: Multi-hull capsize anti turtling device (mast float)

I don't remember ever capsizing while on a catamaran. It's ALWAYS been a pitchpole and flop over on one hull - look to see what happened to the crew on the trapeze, usually not good - and then get to the righting lines before it's too late. How do you right a cat that's gone all the way by yourself? Every time I've watched there has been a power boat involved.
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Re: Multi-hull capsize anti turtling device (mast float)

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How do you right a cat that's gone all the way by yourself?
It depends on the cat. I've done it with a Hobie 14, in a fairly calm lake. I think a Hobie 16 would be impossible to right from a turtled position by one person.

I have considered sticking pool noodles into the mast of my current sailing dinghy (not a cat), to prevent turtling. Of course, you have to have a mast in which they'll fit, and not have any internal halyards, if you want to do that.
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denverdOn : yeah it was in the pacific in rolling seas. The owner had experience but his crew did not, and orchestrating the routine was impossible, the crew started to get agitated and cold, so they flagged down a nearby boat to radio for help.

I think that it takes patience and timing the swells to help you because of the slow motion between the sail and water that gets the boat righted. Glad you guys performed the routine so well!

Cats are so much fun, I sold mine to a guy who shipped it to his beach-front home in Hawaii - I just might consider his offer and fly out there to get back on the thing for a couple days. (I wish)
Shouldn't have been in the ocean without a handheld radio, at least.
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Re: Multi-hull capsize anti turtling device (mast float)

I've raced in fleets where MANY pitched, and never saw a raced boat turtle. Recreational sailors, yes; they hang on the rigging and don't get to the righting lines quickly.

Make certain the mast is sealed. That is your float. Adding internal foam will actually reduce flotation.
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