Interesting thread Matt, thanks. I have gotten slightly cavalier over the years I guess, and just focus on the major, and the easy to fix stuff. Fuel
getting out breathers is not a big issue IMO. . Yes, make sure tanks
, batteries, stove and engine
are well secured, and things like tables and engine
boxes. Floorboards and locker lids are no brainers. I am always wary of tools and knifes!
in the mast
is annoying, watch out where the water
exits as the pressure will be like a firehose blasting out as it drains. A few yachts have foam inserts in the top half to help reduce the upside down time. If the mast
stepped ideally the lower part inside should be watertight. But in reality the big problem is keeping the mast in the boat. I have a theory that its the spreaders that fail in an inversion. It seems that in most cases the mast gets lost
... Make sure your spinnaker
poles and boom is well secured for a jury rig, but I note that jury rigging
a mast seems to be old fashioned these days, simply switching on an epirb
is the modern way to get back to shore.
I use rabbit hutch latches
on nearly everything, including floorboards. I just hack up some 50mmx8mm or so of hardwood trim, usually with a nicely rounded edge from the shop. If I have time I round off and router the ends, and oil
, but mostly I don't have time so I just clean up the rough sawcut and call it done. then I screw it on with an 8 gauge screw into a backing block, you adjust the tension of the latch with a screwdriver. I can remove them and just use the normal (usually inadequate) latches
for most coastal stuff. Only screwing them on for offshore
Another idea is to drill small holes in the plywood
and use VB cord (or small spectra) to tie lockers shut. Little spectra loops though two holes make easy (and soft) lashing points. No matter how well you think you have prepared the boat is going to be a bombsite, so be mentally prepared for this. Don't start to think your preparation is perfect because then when it's not you will start to lose confidence and panic.
The biggest issue by far is injuries. Almost everything else can be dealt with. Rigging
tight lines through the middle of the boat inside can help stop people flying about in rough stuff, and limit the damage if they do.
I like the idea of a soft helmet and seat belts for the bunks. Another idea is big lee cloths that go right to the roof or deck
. If they are made of light mesh they would stop you flying out, and stop heavy things flying in. I have a horror of the irony from being bashed to death by Adlard Coles heavy weather
sailing in a knockdown! Sleeping on the windward side is better from this respect. I like sticking my head
down into a quarter berth where it's pretty well protected in nasty weather
. It's the ostrich idea.
Everything will most likely get wet, and electrics probably won't work well, or for long. So having a dry bag with some dry clothes, TPA's, and some emergency
snacks, torches etc is a good idea. A few foam camping mats gives you something warm to sleep on, instead of soggy mattresses.
Heading south to antarctica I carried a spare SSB
in a watertight container, and had a watertight box that went over the main HF. Sat Phones are good like this, being easy to store. I also had an inside and an outside liferaft
. I figured the outside one probably wouldn't survive a rollover despite being much more securely lashed than most I have seen.