Subject: Re: capsize!

From: "Richard C. Harrington" <>

Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001 22:15:30 -0400





If you didn't think to do it this time the next time you try this open

both hatches to see how much water leaked by the gaskets.  You might be

surprised.  For good measure keep "Possum" on her side for a short time,

say 10 minutes.  If you capsize in any kind of rough water and the boat

is full of cruising stuff you could easily take that long getting her

upright.  (Ken Jensen, of Norway, cited a case not long ago where a

father and son were knocked over by the roll clowd of a thunderstorm and

remained in the water with the boat on its side untill the main part of

the storm passed over.  At the time we were discussing lightening

protection tactics and this was used as an example of a way of avoiding a

lightening strike on the mast.)  My feeling is that an average person

alone, such as myself, could have a serious problem getting the boat up

in rough water.  In cold water--just that much tougher.  When it's rough

I never take it for granted that I'll be able to recover from a capsize.

Flat water--no problem.


If it's rough you may not be able to sail and get any help from the

bailers.  Plus water will be coming back aboard as fast as you bail.  You

will need a large bailing bucket and have to bail like a maniac.  I have

a lever operated diaphragm pump which I use for the purpose of bailing

while sailing in conditions where water is shipping aboard.  This is a

very good thing to have for sea sailing, all the Brits have them, but it

probably isn't large enough to substitute for the bucket in a capsize.


I've learned the hard way, ALWAYS (ALWAYS!) tie a line to anything in the

boat that's fee to float away or sink.  This includes anchors!  You

weren't there, but at Chamount Bay when Jim and Brenda capsized in the

harbor the anchor fell to the bottom and the rode ended up wrapping

AROUND the boat.  After that it was impossible to wright the boat.


Dam good thinking on your part to do the capsize drill.  Not many people

want to take out time from sailing to do that, but you are much more

ahead of the game for doing it.  Nice to hear from you and keep in touch





On Fri, 07 Sep 2001 13:16:50 -0400 "Thomas Erickson"

<> writes:


> Hi Dick!


> Took the boat to the local lake for my first capsize practice last Saturday.

> Sailed around for a little while then sat on the lee rail She did not want

> to go over.Finally a small gust of wind put the rail down and she filled up

> and went over.    It was very easy to get up; just stood on the centerboard

> and pulled on the rail and up she came. the difficulty was getting the water

> out.  I started sailing right away (filled with water but upright)  the self

> bailers on the bottom of the boat suck out water if you're moving forward

> but there wasn't much wind so it took awhile.  If the wind was steady I'm

> guessing it would take maybe 5 minutes and if i had crew they could bail and

> it would go faster.  Anyway it was a good experience doing it there rather

> than out on the ocean.


> I enjoy the forwards you send about other sailors and things.  Thanks.

> Looking forward to your stories and pics from Ireland!


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