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Old 22-07-2010, 07:38   #1
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Righting a Capsized Tri

Cheekey Monkey, a highly modified F-31,capsized in the latest Ontario 300. Recovery is documented in a You Tube video.
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Old 22-07-2010, 07:59   #2
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that's pretty incredible... apparently there's just a little water damge to the carpets huh?
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Pretty cool!

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Old 22-07-2010, 08:43   #4
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Listen to the line snap at :12! That's how to get dead quick!
I always thought that you'd need to strip the sails before trying to right the thing but what do I know! Cool recovery!

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Listen to the line snap at :12! That's how to get dead quick!
I always thought that you'd need to strip the sails before trying to right the thing but what do I know! Cool recovery!

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It might be that the drag from the sails helped get the stern down and the bow up, at least at the beginning.
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Old 22-07-2010, 09:16   #6
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The line snapping at 12sec. was actually the stern tow line being released. They towed the boat by the stern to orient into the wind and as they powered up the stern began to bury at which point that line was let go and the bow line took over to continue the recovery. As I recall it was Jim Brown who first suggested this proceedure as well as sealed amas and low bouancy ama sterns in "The Case for the Cruising Trimaran" Dave
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that masthead chute was probably causing lots of drag, or else it would have been quicker.
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Sweet! ...that put a smile on my face.
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I have a vague recollection of this being done with a cat (MacGregor 36?) years ago. A bridle was rigged off the bows and holes were drilled in the transom(s) to lower the sterns. They started off with a bridle to the sterns and when the cat lined up with the tow boat they cast off the stern line and the bow line/bridle brought her right up and over. A little plugging and a little pumping and all was well. Well, maybe except for electronics, etc.
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So, what do you do without a big power boat standing by? Stay inverted?
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Old 23-07-2010, 05:34   #11
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John,
There are other options and proceedures depending on preparedness and design, especially the folding designs, but the short answer is yes. Dave
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Is it really that difficult to release the sails before attempting to right the boat?

or did I miss something
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I was surprised viewing the video to see the chute still raised. The initial reports were that as the storm approached the spinnaker was lowered. I don't believe the fore and aft oriented sails present much of a problem but that masthead chute sure was dragging as ShipOfFools pointed out. This boat has a very complicated rig so much so that they call the cockpit the "snake pit". Purely speculation on my part but could be that no one wanted to risk getting fouled under the boat or that the water was too cold or that they didn't realise that the chute was still up. When I capsized my Sea Pearl I remember sitting on top of the thing wondering what had just happened and how? It sure happens fast! If it happens to me I think I'll check that the tack and guy lines are free, the boat floats so high that it should be easy enough. That's the beauty of this discussion, that we can learn and prepare. Dave
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So, what do you do without a big power boat standing by? Stay inverted?
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Pretty much yes. But you are still afloat.

lets really not start the inverted multihull thread again.

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I was surprised viewing the video to see the chute still raised. The initial reports were that as the storm approached the spinnaker was lowered. Dave
Guessing it came out of the bag, or was just down on the nets. I will ask.
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