GordMay suggested this thread in the midst of my hand-wringing over securing our engine
against a roll-over. To quote...
Originally Posted by GordMay
Having discovered several effective secondary (after the “fail-safe” captive mounts) methods of securing the engine
against a rollover; perhaps, it would be worthwhile to discuss methods of securing other potential “missiles” against a capsize
So, yesterday as I was pottering along out on the Gulf St Vincent, I went from bow to stern on our boat, trying to spot problems in a roll-over. What a depressing investigation.
When I started looking for problems, I sure found them. Our whole sail locker is a nightmare to begin with, two spare anchors inadequately secured against a roll-over. Bailing buckets, jerry cans, all those lovely rows of neatly coiled lines hanging on hooks. There'd be a complete disaster in the bow, and I think the anchors have the potential to do real hull
damage too, the only hope being that the sea anchor
and associated cables
would cushion the blow(s).
Moving aft, the head
was ok, the cupboards would end up in a mess and sorting the sunscreen from the mozzie spray would take some work, but all cupboard doors have good positive locks and would be unlikely to spill their contents.
The main saloon
was the real shocker. Every settee has lovely big storage
bins under the seats, and yep, the tops are held down by gravity and nothing else. Aside from a likely coating of splattered paint
over everything, maybe engine oil
too, there are some heavy items that could do damage to a human, though probably not the boat itself. The same went for the midships single cabin
, only it had the nasty heavy stuff, like the spare prop, the dive weights, two spare winches. Heavy, hard and dangerous in there.
and fuel tanks
seem well fastened, though it is hard to tell if the straps are adequate. I have decided to add additional restraints before we do around Oz, just in case.
I recently moved our battery
bank from the stern to mid-ships to improve weight distribution, so I was already pretty happy with the battery
bank setup, but I can still see room for improvement, and HappyMdRSailor's remark about a "top bar pressing firmly down" has given me the next step in improving things. (Thanks HMRS!)
was excellent, provided all the door and drawer latches
were engaged, and they usually are when under way, plus I had recently reinforced all the drawer latches
with beefy aluminium striker plates anyway. I think you could possible lift
the boat via attachments to the fridge, so no problems their either, and good strong secondary latches on the fridge door means at worst you'll be sorting out scrambled eggs inside the fridge, not inside the boat.
GordMay had already brought the toolbox(s) to my attention, so no surprises in the main companionway
(unless you count a toolbox hitting you in the head
as a surprise) which leaves the aft cabin
, which surprised me by being very good, so probably the best place to be in our boat should we get rolled.
for thought, and enough to make me start this thread as I hope it gets you thinking the way GordMay got me thinking. Before that walk-through I would have said everything was fine and sea-worthy on the Good Swanson Manera. Now I see I have more work ahead of me.