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Old 16-08-2009, 15:35   #61
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Old 16-08-2009, 15:52   #62
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So there you are, skipping along like a flat stone at 7 kts, inhaling your own wake since you're clipped on in front.
Should have packed the Ruby Slippers!
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Old 16-08-2009, 17:14   #63
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First, I never use a line long enough for me to go in the water.
Second, I have my stern ladder tied up and rigged with a small line that drags in the water. One pull and the ladder flips down into the water where hopefully I could climb up.
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Old 17-08-2009, 01:15   #64
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First, I never use a line long enough for me to go in the water.
Second, I have my stern ladder tied up and rigged with a small line that drags in the water. One pull and the ladder flips down into the water where hopefully I could climb up.
The classic fitting ending to this thread should Be Yours, Cobra...
after surviving it all, we finally make it to the back of the boat, beat to death yet still attached via that jackline, we've been keelhauled over those barnies, beaten by waves, now finally get to the transom and reach up to Pull Your magic release string...

Only to be knocked unconcious by the falling ladder on our heads.
Murphy Really Was an Optimist.
At least the next couple hours will pass quickly being out cold.
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Old 17-08-2009, 08:33   #65
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for all the alternately frivolous, macabre and fatalistic responses here... this thread serves the final successful purpose. It made me think.

whistles and knives on the vests.

short lines that keep you above the water.

ladders rigged to be lowered from the water. (although only while underway. at anchor I don't think I want a welcome mat that easy to access hanging out.)

tiller rope trailing to put her in irons.

dope on a rope line trailing to grab in case despite all your good intentions you slip and go over with out that harness on.

mob alarm while on watch; set for every 15 minutes which the watch resets before it goes off so that 14 minutes after falling over the SO get their sorry ass woke up to come rescue the dope on a rope.

Hard hat so the boom doesn't kill you when it whacks you up side the head and so the ladder doesn't knock ya out when you pull it down... honestly, in heavy conditions that bike helmet might be a good idea...

Of course we could all stay safely ashore where NOTHING dangerous ever happens... oh, yeah, life is hazardous everywhere, ain't it?

thanks all for the brain engagement ; -)
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Old 17-08-2009, 08:42   #66
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My thread has been an eye opener for me.It started out as a feature of my recuring nightmares, lost at sea, floating as the boat disapears, unable to climb out of the shark infested hell, drowning. Yet I expected a volley of harsh replies and rebukes. - Only a jerk would fall over the side, no one could be that dumb - if I were still young and fitter I would haul my ass back aboard. Seems like we all make mistakes, we all have accidents but most of all, the harsh replies and rebukes should be aimed at those who know the dangers but chose not to avoid or prepare for survival and rescue.
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(sarcastic comments included...for even they make 1 think).

You want safe?
It ain't here; Driving to the convenience store is about 100x more dangerous than circumnavigating.
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Old 25-09-2009, 02:04   #68
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I am a little surprised nobody has mentioned these:

Does anyone here use them?




Raymarine Marine Electronics - LifeTag™ Wireless Man Overboard Monitoring System
We tried these on an offshore race I did earlier this year.

Worked perfectly when we tested them at the dock.

Got offshore - very different. After about an hour and countless resets of the system we gave up. Problem is that they are far too sensitive. You also loose all boat instruments every time they go off.
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When I used to single hand my 25 footer I would secure the harness end to the end of the main sheet if I fell in it would pull the main sheet tight and cause the boat to luff up. I tested this by doing just that pulling the main sheet in and it did work. I would also loop the harness line thru a ring on the tiller so the helm would be pulled hard over by my weight. Both of these would slow the boat to the point I could pull myself back to it. Not sure what I would do with my 40 footer with wheel steering. Maybe one of those outboard type safety switches to disengage the auto pilot and cause the boat to go off course. I am sure something could be set up to disengage a wind vane as well. Any loose in speed could make the difference in being able to pull yourself back to the boat. I do have a tag line on the transom ladder so that I can deploy the ladder from the water. I have heard of several people who have drown at the dock because they fell in and could not re-board

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Old 16-10-2009, 19:23   #70
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Back in my younger days when I had my Grampian 26, I used to put on the harness with a 50 lead and jump overboard while we were motoring along to cool down. I used to be able to pull myself up to the stern and climb back on when my girlfriend killed the motor and we'd trade places.

Nowadays, I'd have to say if I went over it would be difficult at best to even make any headway up the line. If I did manage to get close enough to get my hands up to the toerail, I'd pull myself up as far as I could and clip on the second lifeline which is a shorty of 18 inches so I would hang half out of the water, and start hollering for my crew.

I have to admit I take a lot of risks by going out on deck without a harness. The season is now over, the boats are coming out in a couple of weeks and I solumnly swear to wear a harness from now on. Ditto the life jacket.

Sara, You summed up the points learned very well. All good things to be noted.

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