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Re: Which emergency use fibreglass matting should I have?

All of our bunks have storage underneath, that can only be accessed by removing the mattresses. Some of it is critical enough or needed frequently enough, that I couldn't store plywood effectively and keep from going crazy.


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Use the locker covers. All they are is painted plywood in all likelihood.
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Had opportunity to learn how to sail from a elderly librarian. She weighed less than a hundred pounds. A shock of silver hair and half moon readers on a string around her neck. She taught me more than all the professional captains, RYA certified sailors or others.
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I did some nasty sailing with her on old boats as thatís all I could afford. It was amazing how she could think out side the box and jury rig. Think everyone here has the basic skills, supplies and intelligence to get themselves home. You guys are better sailors, well prepared, and intelligent. Especially you Mark. You have seen more weather, have more miles under your keel than I do. You have successfully sailed the sea of life and will continue to do so.

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BTW make sure your raft certification is up to date.😁

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BTW make sure your raft certification is up to date.😁

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I read all those 1970s books where the dude is in the life-raft watching ships sail past.

So when my life raft inflates it's tied to the dinghy with its 18hp ob and plenty of fuel.

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Re: Which emergency use fibreglass matting should I have?

This thread has focused on hull damage repair, but that was not what we used it for. We saved a cruise by repairing our leaking fuel tank in the Bahamas with epoxy putty, epoxy resin, and glass cloth. It worked although we replaced the tank a year later, and even then the repair was still sound.

The full story is in my wife's blog March 18, 2018.

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stick a drone in your ditch bag and you can fly it to a passing ship!
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....No idea how they managed to get the split.....
From what little i remember, they made a structual change to a tank in the bow..not underdtanding that its design was integrated to the hull

..and i could be all wet
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Re: Which emergency use fibreglass matting should I have?

Have thought a lot about this since you first mentioned it.
Occasions boats gonna sink
Down flooding in a storm.
Collision breaching boat aft of water tight bulkhead.
Fire
Blown through hull I can’t cork for some reason.
Severe lightning strike causing catastrophic structural damage

Times I’m outside immediate help.
Passage outside helicopter range.
Foreign country with limited SAR capability
Severe weather making SAR impossible.

In all those situations powered dinghy will likely
Overturn due to severe weather conditions
Not have meaningful range if mid ocean
Burn before launch
I have davits but having had the decks awash from boarding seas and even been pooped in the past on other boats have seen davits mangled by waves, dinghy washed away if in davits or even from cradles on bigger boats. So I keep my dinghy deflated, turned upside down and very securely lashed to the foredeck on passage. I think unless you’re well over 50’ most cruisers do the same.
Hence I don’t see my dinghy as much of an option except in quite limited circumstances. I do see the raft as more viable even in coastal settings when the dinghy is in davits. Most successful rescues occur within the first day. Most are assisted by dsc vhf, epirb or flare. I practice raft/ditch bag/ deploy. It takes under 60 seconds even when I do it myself. This would allow me the time to work on saving the boat so question becomes moot. I think saving the boat is the best option. Particularly mid ocean and time and energy should be spent there rather than launching a dinghy. I have a efi engine at this time with it the available range it greater than with the prior 2 stroke. But still it’s meaningless in the settings where I would likely need self rescue. Unfortunately we depend upon others in most of these situations.

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Youre thinking only perilous conditions when failure happens
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Youíre right. But it my limited experience thatís when the fecal matter hits the rotating blade or when youíre exhausted and your mind isnít fully engaged.

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