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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.
óCpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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smacky- It's hard to say, since most of the Catalina's around here are basically floating condos that are rarely seen not tied to a dock. If you want to increase your odds of safely getting your rail wet, I would recommend 2 things. 1) stay in the slip. 2) Attach you spare halyard to the finger pier on the far side of your slip.
With the sails up, put a couple turns of that halyard on a winch and crank it until you reach the desired angle of heel. Get out your camera and fire away! (Remember to look like you're having to really hold on tight.)
If you want to have a LOT of fun, try pulling down a furled jib alone on a windy day when the boat is up on jackstands. It adds a whole new dynamic to heeling. Don't ask me how I know. (Ruined a good pair of pants)...
Giu - thanks for the tether vid. Very "edutainment" kind of vibe. I think, personally, my favorite part was right at the end where you start trying to make the old hand/armpit flatulence sounds. I'm not really sure what that has to do with tether theory (maybe a Portugese celebratory dance after each successful tack?) - but I do know it works a lot better if you put your hand under your fleece - at least here in the U.S.
Pain - be afraid. Be very afraid. Actually I just think Giu refuses to believe he got so severely punked by you.
Valiente - welcome! We're waiting with bated breath (except for T - his is actual baited breath) for your BFS! What ya got, dude?
T - I'm trying, man, I'm really trying. Ahm....ahh....ahm...thanks for your...ahmm...ahhh....witty.....ahhh....contributi on. Stay in the slip. Heh. Yeah. Heh.
Yo! Newbies! Throw down some BFS, baby! We're counting on you! These chuckleheads...they got nothin!
Valiente - welcome! We're waiting with baited breath (well T's actually the only one with baited breath) for your BFS! What ya got, dude?
Nothing on camera, alas. Let's just say that the very moment I learned about the "funnelling" effect of wind in valleys exiting over estuaries that can turn 20 knots on the beam to 40 knots on the anti-foul, I had left the cockpit to the tillerpilot (set to "moderate" seas) without PFD or tether because a fender had rolled off the boat on the lee side, and I thought it looked "unseamanlike" to have it flailing around in seven knots of froth.
At that point, I learned that a lot of old salts won't notice the fender when the skipper is up to his chest in green water, with one foot in the air and the other on a 50 degree tilted deck, desperately hauling the mainsheet free enough so that it ran so rapidly that it eats a hole in his finger.
That, they notice. Oh, well. That was the end of Season One. I got better, I think.
Valiente - Ahh Mother Nature, the original roller furling! Charlie's photo of the green water rail bears your point out. Fenders in the water - who gives a damn? I mean he's hammering so hard they're actually floating above the deck! So, to sum up - 50 degrees, line-chewed-flesh, and chest-deep-greenwater - BFS, dude, BFS!
Now Valiente brings up a good point that I think needs to be addressed. The whole "Photo-Happened Edict" was presented by Giu, and I think is perfectly valid in most situations. However, it needs some clarification lest it dissuade the newbies from throwing down herein. So...
Addendum 1: IF one is an old salt and is throwing down a BFS as if it's pure, true and virginal - then the PHE applies, or is at least tremendously helpful in silencing those screaming MDB.
Addendum 2: HOWEVER, if one is a newbie, said newbie is not exactly going to have the wherewithal to be snapping mementos while simultaneously battling to survive either physical harm or immense embarrassment. So newbies get a pass - PHE is rescinded. They just need to actually live through their harrowing adventure and tell their story in the safe and nurturing environs of BFS. Heh-heh.
Addendum 3: ALSO, if anyone, newbie and salt alike, is throwing down outright lies to entertain the masses and make themselves look good, while simultaneously infuriating those that actually care about MDB, then they are most revered in BFS. Especially when everyone initially believes the tale that is so obviously MDB (e.g. - the much revered Pain's offering). AND - especially if the MDBer refuses to backdown even when confronted with incontrovertible evidence that he/she packed to the gills with said MDB. In such cases, the PHE likewise goes out the window unless it's an ingeniously photoshopped piece of evidence that backs up the blazing MDB (see Giu's many previous posts). NOW - a caveat - if the poster's MDB attempts are either/both numerous and/or lame, then everyone in the BFS constituency reserves the right to mercilessly beat the hell out of them and banish them to AFOC - newbie and salt alike.
Okay - I think that clears everything up. Carry on.