Originally Posted by svmariane
True about center of work - or mostly true. It still needs hoisting high enough not to become a big water
I've read many of your comments about a single-hander getting back aboard in a MOB
situation, and the equipment
plus steps you take to prevent
in the first place. So after watching the video that demonstrates hoisting the Gale Sail, do you really think that would fit into your plans? Seems like it takes quite a bit of time being exposed out there on the fore deck
. Storm Bag just seems quicker. IMHO,of course....
As for their size, refolding them, repacking them, etc.- Well, I suppose somebody could just lash it to the rail after dropping and reorganize everything in calmer/dryer weather
But still - I've decided not to get one. Your final decision may or may not differ. Good luck!
Well, yeah, I said that too, the thing to do would be to lash the storm bag afterwards. My concern is that IMO reefing needs to be easy, and you're going to think about washing
, drying and repacking all that surface afterwards before you deploy the sail.
I prepare my boat for not going over the side, or getting back afterwards, just out of prudence. I'm not afraid of moving around the boat, just being realistic. It's not reasonable to think you'll never have to go forward. But with all the netting, and working low, I wonder how much of a risk I'd really be at? With a harness and a tight tether ... I'm wondering if I couldn't brace myself between the supports of the pulpit, real tight tether.
I'm going to have to get on a boat that has one and see exactly how it works and what I might do.
If the sail is properly set for higher winds, it will be flat and tight and make a lousy scoop, so I'm not too worried about that.
If you're the fellow with the floating sail museum (I don't remember the name, was it you?) no, you probably don't need it. I thought about putting up a staysail too, but I wouldn't need this thing a lot. I would put it up if I thought there was even a chance of being caught in a storm, because sneering comments (not from you) aside, the storms here can be fierce, and my boat is not a bluewater
boat, and she's tender
. I need the sails
to help me, not fight me.
But then if I replace the lower unit of the roller furler
I could probably get by with a partially deployed headsail.