There was a bit of a thread drift and I thought I'd dedicate a thread for reference for people, such as me, who are looking for good advice for preparing the boat for long trips and the ever present possibility of flipping.
I truely doubt a catamaran
lying to a sea anchor
in survival conditions could flip, and in my mind that would be the rule
, keep sailing until the gusts start going above 40 knots and then put out the sea anchor
and sit tight.
But should you flip because something happened lets talk about what should be prepared ahead of time:
. We in the past had put our food
proof air tight containers to thwart bugs, seems double effective as it would prevent salt water
intrusion. Also people I know use water
tight tupperware for their refrigerators and freezers as it helps prevent all of the cold air from leaking out when they open the refrigerator
and also helps keep most humid air out and the refrig and freezer
dry. Again, it makes even more sense when thinking of it in an inversion as top loading chest type freezers would spill their contents pretty quickly in an inversion.
2) Water. Most water tanks
have vents in the top which would cause all of the water to spill out when inverted. So jerry cans would make a lot of sense. Perhaps putting some sort of valve on the vent hose which would allow the air to leave but prevent the water from flowing out. I'd really like to know I could keep the water in my keel
mounted water tanks
, I'd think that the pressurized line and fittings would be fine regardless of an inversion...
3) Mounted, permanent jack lines underneath, maybe even nonskid on the underside of the bridgedeck.
4) Permanently mounted inverted strobe that ala Catana
. Great idea.
5) glow in the dark paint
I'd think would be the best type of paint
as Africancats uses.
mounted in a very retrievable location would be great, ideas? It sounds like catana
has a cockpit
locker that has underneath it a large water tight access port. In that locker you'd keep the water proof bags with signal flares, epirb
, hand held VHF
7) Ventilation and entry and exit into the boat. Sorry, I've got no ideas there. Lavranos mentioned that keeping the escape hatches
open would allow the boat to continue to sink down till the escape hatch
was under water and the air was again trapped. Sooo, you rig up a jackline? And ventilation?
8) We scuba
dive, but I'd think the wetsuits would be the choice gear
if living inverted for a while to guard against heat loss.
9) Keep the batteries very secured. Hopefully if a large ship comes along and you can rig a line up to pull the boat upright again you could use the bilge
kit should be in water tight container. Never really thought of a good reason why until now.
Go ahead and add more items to this list of things you think would be good.