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|06-01-2011 02:26 PM|
|MikeWhy||Re. the 1 minute and 3 minute rules... FWIW, they are close enough to exact, relative to the knot meter's precision. They round off a nautical mile from 6076 feet to 6000 feet for mental calculation's sake, which amounts to slightly more than 1% high. (Thanks. I hadn't heard of them before.) The 6 minute rule, of course, is exact by definition.|
|06-01-2011 07:25 AM|
|imagine2frolic||I have to back up. It has been 20 years. The shrouds were at the toe rail. I use to put the jackline on the outside of the mid cleat. I would also keep the jackline taught by wetting them, and then tightening them. Then when weather came along they would remain in place after getting wet. I used 1 1/2 " webbing......i2f|
|05-31-2011 07:20 PM|
Distances by estimated time:
6 minute rule; shift the decimal point one place to the left, such as if you are doing 8 knots, in 6 minutes you will have gone 8/10 of a Nautical mile or 0.8 NM.
3 minute rule: append two zeros to your speed and that is the distance in yards you will have gone in 3 minutes. 8 knots = 800 yards.
1 minute rule: append two zeros to your speed and that is the distance you have gone in 1 minute in feet. 8 knots = 800 feet.
So it pays to know your speed and the approximate length of time of when you lost old clusky.
|05-31-2011 06:35 PM|
i2f, how far are your shrouds from the edge of your boat?
In related news, I'm thinking of running a single long jackline from the bow, inside the shrouds, around behind the mast, and back to the bow. That would mean I could reach anywhere on the boat without unclipping. Also means that the jackline doesn't interfere with sheeting as is currently the case. Anybody tried this?
|05-31-2011 05:42 PM|
Originally Posted by TimofBlindSquirrel View Post
|05-31-2011 04:47 PM|
I've thought about trailing a line to grab in case I went over the side (I do use a harness at all times while singlehanding), but I doubt I would be able to pull myself up the line to the boat while the boat was moving. Just pulling yourself on the line, through the water while the boat were moving 4 knots or more would be difficult. I think it would be like climbing a vertical rope with only your hands. With wet hands the skin would be stripped off your hands (especially with a polypropolene rope). With sailing gloves you might have a chance.
The only sure way is stay on the boat at all costs.
|05-29-2011 04:30 PM|
Tristan Jones mentioned this
Originally Posted by windship View Post
Dennis - Many single-handers spend most of the time on auto-pilot. A trip line as you suggest might be rigged to turn "öff" the pilot, encouraging boat to round up into wind allowing unfortunate overboarder a better chance of getting back onboard. Tristan Jones mentioned this in one of his books. SAMUELBURNS
|05-29-2011 02:11 PM|
Many thoughts on planned safety and safety plans...
I haven't single handed yet, but I plan to do so extensively, once I get my boat wet...
So all my thoughts below are theoretical and research based (much through here), and have as yet no practical testing by me. But it seems to me that a safer system would include:
Always wear the PFD, and clip on at night, in fog, in 'lumpy' seas, in winds much over 10-15 knots wind speed, and when on deck alone - if you go over, wave the boat goodbye as you part company and, as 'Blondie' Hassler put it, "die like a gentleman...", especially if you decided to pee over the stern rail, in harbour, at night, while drinking! (Seriously, one hand for yourself around the back-stay, and one hand for yourself around... well you know what I mean! )
Ensure that appropriate safety checks (make a 'preflight' check list for your circumstances, boat and fear level) are done seasonally and each time before setting out to avoid the hazards described by Hartley18.
Be totally paranoid about not falling off and terrified about doing so, there is no 'Twelve Step' recovery programme, falling off this wagon is lethal and final.
And having done all that planning for the worst, hope for the best, relax, and enjoy the ride!
When we choose to go out in harm's way, not knowing or even being able to predict with any certainty the extent of the tests that we may face, it is our responsibility to accept the consequences and therefore to have contemplated and be prepared for them as thoroughly and as reasonably possible. Doubtless there will be dissenting opinions, and I'd much enjoy hearing them...
BTW, that wave board recovery is fantastic! Another here But imagine trying that in rough weather conditions as in the BBC video, which is when you're most likely to have gone over... My thoughts vary from 'shark bait', to being battered to death by the board while attempting to get on it. Note the boat moving at seven knots left the MOB behind in seconds! If you're not tethered, kiss it goodbye! Even if there's a crew, if they didn't see you go over, they won't find you at all unless they spot your strobe in the dark. They'll be too many miles on before they miss you. Just imagine how far astern you'll be in the 30 seconds it takes most MOB warning systems to alarm...
Thanks to Delmarva for providing much very useful information about rock climbing gear that's appropriate and useful for sailors. I've climbed a little and appreciate the feeling of and high level of safety involved with the gear. None of my proposed equipment/gear is expensive!
|05-25-2011 01:15 PM|
I have done a serious amount of single handed sailing. The best advice I ever got was not to run your jacklines outside the shrouds so that you can walk the length of the boat. This will put you outside the lifelines and in the water every time.
A much better method is to run them right down the center line with a harness that does not allow you to go over the side. You can always leave the harness connected to the jack line, having the end leading into the cockpit. Have a second one in the cockpit for when you are steering or trimming sails.
Once you are off the boat and outside the lifelines you are dead. Carry a sharp knife so you can cut yourself loose if needed, but even in moderate water temps you won't last long. As for the sailor that died on Lake Michigan, he went off the bow and under the lifelines, and dragged to his death. Lifeline webbing at the bow would have saved his life. It was a very tragic accident.
|05-25-2011 11:44 AM|
|Barquito||I think that the biggest safetly asset AND biggest liability on my boat while single handing is the dude holding the tiller! I think we all need to work to move our attitude regarding safety from the latter to the former.|
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