BTW, that's another good reason for a two-leg tether.
Also, if on a longer passage, reefing at dusk is often a good idea... since your ability to see is compromised, going a bit slower is probably not a bad thing.
10-29-2007 09:52 PM
I use a tether with a 6' and 3' lead, that way, I can clip on one before releasing the other.
One comment I might make is that knowing the weather forecast, I would have reefed down to whatever I thought was necessary, before dark. I'd rather lose some time/distance, and be prepared if I knew a blow was coming.
Glad it all worked out well though, and thank you for sharing.
10-29-2007 07:59 PM
Excellent story, Robert, and well-written. I will have to re-read it several times to make sure it's committed to memory. I'll use the experience you've related as a guideline for some "learning points" next season.
10-29-2007 05:10 PM
That's the one, Andy. It's a terrible spot now, unless you have a flat bottom bass boat and can tool in and out of a 8' trailer, beaching the boat while you park your truck... I hope in May (when I return) the water is higher, as this place looks run down, almost neglected for about the past ten years. No cleats, no piers, no stores open...
10-29-2007 04:43 PM
great story well written. lots of lessons learned there for me, thanks.
10-29-2007 04:31 PM
Sometimes, it helps to have a shorter leg to the tether, since you might want to work closer to the jacklines... when I'm working in the cockpit or on the foredeck, I'll often use the short leg on the tether, so I can use the tether and jackline to help steady me—especially if I need to use both hands to work on something.
10-29-2007 04:22 PM
Are you talking about Lake McConaughy just north of Ogallala, NE? I grew up there...from 1950 to 1969. I pretty much know that lake as well as Lake Ogallala like the back of my hand. Gawd, I miss the fishing from there!!
10-29-2007 03:41 PM
I just keep my rigging knife on my belt. I'll go look at my tether and let you know what kind it is. Any advantages for using two legs of different lengths? My opinion is that as long as I don't have to completely unclip to change to another line, I'm ok.
10-29-2007 03:30 PM
Well written...and sounds like all your preparation paid off. BTW, do you have rigging knives attached to the PFDs.. if not, you should. Might also want to look at a two-leg tether, with a long and short leg. Very useful beastie to have around...and is what i use as my primary tether.
10-29-2007 03:03 PM
Well written Robert, and stored firmly in mind for future use. Thank you for sharing.
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