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Notes from my log - no advice needed, but I am sure I will get some
Hi all - here are notes from my log from a couple of days ago. Comments are welcome
Irwin Citation 34 sailboat, Linda, cat and I aboard.
Notes: It got too windy in Buckle and the forecast was for increasing winds. We set out for Bucks Harbour in 15-20 knot winds that were building. We had an unkind experience with a lobster float that became very entangled in the prop. It took me almost 40 minutes in the water to untangle as much as I could and cut the last wrap that was too tight to untangle. Seas were 3 to 4 feet which made working under the bouncing boat precarious. God is good, and no damage was done to my old body. Much more by providence than by skill.
Lesson learned and things I did right:
1 - I tied the trailing lobster line (and accompanying gear) off to the stern and so took the tension off the wrapped line and the prop / shaft. I cut the line right by the float and started un-wrapping. Long and tedious. Once I got that unwrapped as much as I could I got that piece off part of the prop. I could not unwrap the last piece. It was so entwined with itself that it looked like double braid rather than laid line. I cut it at the prop.
2 - I started with a full wet suit. Hood, boots and gloves Sometimes I just use a shorty but I am glad I did not try that.
Two lobster boats came by to offer help. Miss Coke offered to standby. I thanked them, found what channel they were on and told them I'd call if I thought they could help. I called and cleared with them once we were free.
Once free we tried to sail clear but we were amongst a kazillion pots and it was blowing 20-25 a that point. Put out about ten feet of jib and motor-sailed to Bucks Harbor. The closer we got the less were the waves. Still the wind, but much more manageable.
Once into Bucks Hrbr we went into the SE end looking for the Bucks Harbour Yacht Club guest mooring bud could not find it. At this point we picked up a mooring with no boat on it. Time to get out of the wet suit and have a hot shower.
Next time (if possible):
Secure the line to boat, get the sails ready, cut the line and sail to a safe Hrbr to free the prop. Too dangerous being under a bouncing boat
Irwin Citation 34