Learned a lesson about rafting this weekend to share. Only been on my Gulfstar
since March I had not yet rafted. Fellow D Dock
friend Rick does hull cleaning
. Since we are not allowed to dive at our docks, we go out into the near by Banana River. This time we took both boats and "rafted together".
A third boat came along for a cleaning
and he went on the other side of the ricks boat so the hooka would reach. We had used all the good fenders between Rick and I and the third a (power boat) just had a few little ones and not many places to tie one on. They seemed to be ok but not as protected as I would like (first lesson add more fenders, and as you will see later bigger the better). You learned a lot about how straight hulled power boats are and how round sailboats are but thats a different story.
Rick was down cleaning bottoms when the storm came up quick. All three boats had anchors out forward which in the light air worked great. As the storm hit 30 knots we were all rocking and the power boat
smartly decided he was at risk with the little bumpers.
Here is the brilliant lesson. Instead of attempting to depart in the storm he merely disconnected from Rick, then let out much more anchor
line then powered backwards to a clear distance remaining on the original anchor
point. His boat swung clear during the storm! Great lesson for me not sure how others would have handled that.
Rick and I stayed tight together with bow and aft lines holding tight and two anchors holding us nose to the wind
. I was worried with all the hobby horsing we might bump masts but never seemed to swing that way. Another lesson learned that doubling lines in a storm is a great idea, after the only 30 min storm the line we used at our bow had chaffed severely and likely would have failed in another 30 min. This would have been a very different post if that storm was a bit longer.
After the storm passed. We found the wind
had turned the boats about 90 degrees from original anchoring
swing we had some tangled anchor lines. After some debate we were able to get away happy at surviving the experience intact.
All in all a great day and valuable lesson learned about rafting!