Having witnessed Scott's (Kai Nui) induction into the mud duck club ... aka MOB
(does from a dock
count?), I can tell you all about chinese fire drills that pass for recovery. But that isn't what this post is about.
On my leg down from Moss Landing to Morro Bay, Scott and I took my boat along the Sur Coast. We had, about half way there, about 15 foot seas and 25 knot
winds (from the stern). The following seas were occasionally breaking, but with my CC set up and high freeboard, this wasn't a problem for us. We were sailing with just the main and jib
What was a problem, was that I was towing my dinghy
. It was/is(?) a beautiful 1970's Boston Whaler sailing dinghy
. This is one of those that will float even if cut into three pieces (BW's advertisement). One of the following waves broke on my dinghy and the cleat that my tow line was secured to, came out of the dinghy. Why I noticed this I have no idea, but maybe it was the funny
motion of the boat that caused me to look back.
Scott and I treated this as a MOB
and attempted to recover the dinghy. If the dinghy had been a person, we would have had a death. I pulled up the trailing line while Scott turned the boat .
I just now followed his link and find he told the story already. (and well I might add). But, I have a few additions to add to his excellent observations.
Had I had the dinghy close to, I would probably not have lost
it. I have since found an another simillar dinghy (may whoever found that dinghy - in Mexico
? enjoy it) and have found a way to get it on deck
(it weighs about 140 pounds ... dry) and to secure it forward of the mast
What most concerned me, other than having lost
the 'patient' was: if it had been a person, how would I have brought that person aboard - and a more poignant situation, if I were to go over (I use jacklines
and harness with shock lanyards as I sail most often single
handed), how the heck would I get back up on deck
The MOB situation was solved
fairly easily - my mizzen boom extends over the transom and I just attached a large block and have a line handy to run through and attach to my primary winch
. This would work in conjunction with my MOB system that is permenently mounted on my stern rail.
In the case of my going over (presumably still attached to the harness, lanyard and jackline), I have put a short six foot loop of line off each mid-ship cleat - this would allow me to 'claw' my way back aboard and use the loop as a foot boost.
Is this perfect? Hell no ... but all things are compromises and this is what I came up with. Ideas?