Recently while crossing the Atlantic with strong winds behind us we started to surf up to 20kts boat
speed in a 49ft catamaran
, although this did not feel dangerous I wanted to slow the boat
down through the night for the inexperienced crew i had onboard.
I deployed my Coppins SeaClaw for the first time and after a couple of minutes getting the distance correct the Claw
was seen to come to the surface and bounce along the surface with no effect on the boat at all.
We hauled the SeaClaw in and towed 300ft of 1/2" line with 30ft of anchor
chain slid on the warp and it worked amazingly well not slowing us much untill we surfed then it held us back to a reasonable speed.
of the SeaClaw it had ripped at a couple of seams and the bouyancy was gone, it looks like the glue had failed putting stress on the damaged seams.
I contacted Coppins and described the event and they gave me the "this has never happened before" response.
I am keen to hear from anyone who has had experience good or bad with this piece of safety