Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: South Coast Ontario
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Re: Safety Notice To Mariners
good advice, xort.
In fact, two seasons ago, I damn near got pulled from my dingy because I was wearing a back pack.
Quack has a 2hp "point and pull" OB- unless you are pointing in exactly the rihgt direction when she kicks, you have some quick tiller work to do.
And sometimes she doesn't start on the first pull. or the second. or ...
five pulls later, she starts, and in the effort to get her started i am now facing the bow of a boat, and am damn near under the pulpit, with a delta anchor hanging down. I duck, as we putt under the anchor...
which snags the (now highest point on the dinghy) carrying handle of my backpack. i am pulled upright, luckily past the anchor, then back towards the transom, as the pack slides down my arms. I let go of the tiller, the pack pulls free, hanging from the anchor, the dinghy swings out with no arm on the tiller, I collect mythoughts, the tiller, and continue to circle back to the dangling pack and snag it on the fly. I waved at the onlookers at the time...
And a half hour later I stopped shaking.
It changed my OB starting and gear stowage doctrine. Packs go in dry sacks in the floor of the dinghy, and my OB starting situational awareness is higher. paddle out before you pull.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere:
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