Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Lesson from Sandy
Of course, it is always possible to release a line. The dilemma, when your boat is straining against lines is not whether you can release the line, it's whether you want to risk the result of losing control. As they say s&*t happens. If the line is in immediate danger of chafing through or a rising tide is making it too tight, you may have little choice. If at a dock, it's no big deal. Just back up lines so you can cut one if need be. If the situation is a 60+ mph wind that can sweep you off the deck, boat bucking around, spray blinding you (ski goggles are good to have) and wind taking your breath away and you need to crawl up to the bow, screwing with tethers and then try to ease the EXTREME (3000#+) load on an anchor/sea anchor line with the outcome of losing it a very dire one, well, I'd say make sure you put your chafe gear on right and get lines adjusted before being forced into this precarious position. There are times when you don't just casually go out and adjust lines.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
Last edited by smurphny; 11-08-2012 at 08:10 AM.