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Re: Around Cape Agulhas

Killarney, how exactly did you injure your hand?

Is there a lesson in there for some of us??
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Re: Around Cape Agulhas

Hartley.. see here:

Getting to enjoy the benefits of the South African healthcare system
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Right.. Thanks, Faster. I didn't see that thread.

I've heard of people getting similar injuries whilst anchoring. Easy to do and a very nasty result! ...just glad he's okay.
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Re: Around Cape Agulhas

Way to go June!!
Glad you got good news from the Doc, and it sounds like a good decision to wait.
Thanks for the update.
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Well, the Admiral flies home on Saturday and that is a very good thing some of us say. She ha being prepping Ainia for being left for something like 9 months in a harbour that is both well-protected and very windy. In the summer (now) dominant winds are SE but in the winter they will be NW. We have hired a 'boat custodian' to keep an eye on the boat. All dock lines are already doubled,10 lines in total, and the custodian asked that extra lines be left in the cockpit - I did say it is windy there.

This also brings up the question of dock lines and fenders on boats that do extended cruising. Generally you go months or even years without staying at a dock. South Africa is the clear exception to this. There are very few places to anchor along this coast. You have to anchor in the river at East London and you can anchor off the yacht club in Durban, but they charge and it is not much more to take a dock. You can anchor in Kynsna if you can get in. Other than that you can find shelter behind headlands west of Port Elizabeth but only for a night or so, when the wind switches you are completely exposed. Anyway, the reality is that many cruisers do not have enough, or big enough, fenders and may not have a huge sully of dock lines although lots of old sheets. We were fortunate because we were living in a marina in NYC and have seven fenders, including four very large ones. We had more than one set of dock lines but bought four more. In SA the standard for dock lines is something called PolySteel which is also used in the marine trades as well. It seems to be as strong as nylon the same size, has good stretch, but is slippery on the cleat. Speaking of cleats, this can also be an issue. We have 12 good-sized deck cleats and 8 of them are in use, the others are aft or mid-deck on the side away from the dock. If a boat had fewer cleats it would be hard to tie up in places like this.
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In answer to Hartley about lessons to be learned, I consider myself to be very careful and safety conscious and have more than 40 years of sailing experience. Even with all this it can still bite you in the butt - even if you are careful. I guess the first step is to identify that the situation is extremely dangerous. At the time I was more concerned about the boat than me, likely a mistake. I watched the boat's motion on several swells and it seemed to be straight in and out, except when I got my hand in the danger zone when it moved in and forward. June was there holding a flashlight and is very careful about me doing things. She did not even know it had happened until I told her. She was wondering why I had stopped working. It happened incredibly quickly and was over just as quickly, except for the bleeding et al. The lesson to be learned is that things happen, even when you are careful.
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Re: Around Cape Agulhas

I know what you mean about being careful and still getting hurt. I am a stage hand. A Stage Electrician, to be exact, for the past 20 years. This can be a dangerous job when things are good and an extremely hazardous one when things go bad... you have to respect the work, do your best to avoid getting hurt, and plan ahead for what to do if you do.

A small amount of fear never hurts.

That said, I can only wish you a quick recovery and hope that your time away from the boat is a blessing in disguise
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Know what you mean... after 30+ years in industry, moved to teaching... a couple of years ago a moment's inattention and I managed to nearly nip a fingertip off in a control valve.. Good news is that I'm pretty sure none of my students in THAT class are likely to be that careless.... and things have healed fairly well.
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Re: Around Cape Agulhas

Yep...You can be very careful and still get nipped or hurt.

30 years of walking on slippery commercial kitchen floors, sheet of ice walk in freezer floors, hot fryers and ovens, grease, razor sharp knives, slicing machines, mixers...I saw some horrendous accidrnts but was able to avoid them. I never really got cut with a knofe in all my years. Saran wrap box....jagged metal edge yes.

You can be as safe as possible, but the most important thing is to know what to do in case of the inevitable injury.

Thank goodness you are ok and you will recover.

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Re: Around Cape Agulhas

An update for those who might be interested. Hand recovering, but slowly Probably two more months until it is close to normal. Had surgery about a month ago to remove wires from the broken finger and that wound should be healed in a week or so. The problem in the slow recovery is that I have to keep exercising (about 5x a day) all the joints in my hand and all the bending tears at the skin healing over, but the exercises are essential to the recovery. Anyway, it is coming, but a lot slower than the Doc in South Africa.

At this point, our plan is to leave here near the end of August to visit June's family and then travel by land to southern China and then through Burma to Thailand before spending some time with friends on a PDQ Antares. From there we will fly to Cape Town. The air fares (Toronto-Beijing and Bangkok-Cape Town) are not to bad if you shop around. Plus we enjoy backpacker style travel since you get more in contact with the country you are visiting.
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