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PaulFM 05-28-2002 01:46 PM

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I have an old Coronado 15 that we took out for the second time this weekend. We had the opportunity to capsize. I got very concerned. The boat when turtle, loss its rudder and after it was up right, very difficult to get back in the boat. I am assuming that this happened because the mast filled with water. Is there a good way of preventing going turtle? I thought of filling the mast with foam and sealing all the fittings. Is there a good product on the market to assist one getting back in the boat?


jmedina2 05-29-2002 04:17 AM

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Hi Paul,
One quick and easy way of keeping the mast from going 180 is to attach a life vest to the head of the mast as soon as it hits the water.



PaulFM 05-29-2002 07:26 AM

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Thanks, Good idea I''ll have one ready next time. I was hoping for a more permanent fix. The problem that I realized, after a day or two of reflection, was that the mast being full of water made the boat unstable and was impossible to sail. We got towed back to shore.


Don Foley 05-29-2002 08:34 AM

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Donald Crowhurst came up with an interesting anti-turtle device that involved quickly deploying floatation bags fixed to the top of the map and a sensor device below that would (in theory) inflate the bags if the boat ever tipped.

Of course, he went insane and jumped off his boat in the middle of the Atlantic before he could ever finish rigging it up.

Maybe the life vest is the way to go.

Sailormon6 05-29-2002 09:03 AM

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I think your initial idea was the best. If you seal all the openings where hardware is attached to the mast, it won''t prevent the boat from turning turtle, but it will slow it down greatly, and give you more time to either right the boat or to attach flotation to the masthead.

When you see that the boat is about to capsize, step on the centerboard as it comes out of the water, and if you are quick, you can prevent the boat from going over, without even getting your feet wet. I thought it sounded improbable when a friend suggested it to me, but I tried it and it is not as difficult as it sounds.

As for re-boarding the boat after a capsize, my suggestion is that the physically stronger person should help the weaker to get aboard, and then the other can reciprocate.

Capsizing is one of the incentives sailors have to move up to a bigger, ballasted boat.

Denr 05-29-2002 10:46 AM

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No one suggested a preventative measure before one gets into your predicament. By releasing the main sheet immediately, you''ll take the load off the (standing) floating rigging. This could give you a few valuable seconds to get weight on the dagger board to prevent the mast from deep sea diving.

PaulFM 05-29-2002 12:16 PM

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Thanks to all for the suggestions. Sailormon6 said right. I need a bigger boat. Now, How am I going to sell it my other half.


Denr 05-29-2002 12:29 PM

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Surprise her like I did when I purchased my last two boats, I never told her until it was a done deal. Women really do like surprises you know!

aasault 05-29-2002 02:28 PM

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So do their lawyers.........

Denr 05-30-2002 05:56 AM

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Where is your testicular fortitude, have some fun and encourage the guy to buy that boat of his dreams. His wife would never divorce him although she could be pissed at him for a year or two! I say it''s worth it, go for it!

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