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Old 27-10-2017, 12:58   #61
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Re: Couple and dogs rescued after months at sea

My goodness...
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Hmm, one practical questions arises for me: Let's say I've got a busted spreader, can't fix it and I can't just sail on the other tack to put it on the leeward side. The shroud now is too long and loosy goosy. I can't fix that as well so I go for the classic solution of using a halyard as makeshift shroud.

Now my question: Is anybody out there (like riggers, structual engineer, ...) who can give an educated guess on how to proceed with that fix? I mean, can I just keep on sailing like before, should I avoid any tension at all, go reefed, ...? Would be quite nice to have a ballpark gameplan for that situation.
deep reef and sail as though your mast is only the heights of your lower shrouds .
JMO ( that's what I would do in till I could effect repairs.) anything to keep the boat moving forward.
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Hmm, one practical questions arises for me: Let's say I've got a busted spreader, can't fix it and I can't just sail on the other tack to put it on the leeward side. The shroud now is too long and loosy goosy. I can't fix that as well so I go for the classic solution of using a halyard as makeshift shroud.

Now my question: Is anybody out there (like riggers, structual engineer, ...) who can give an educated guess on how to proceed with that fix? I mean, can I just keep on sailing like before, should I avoid any tension at all, go reefed, ...? Would be quite nice to have a ballpark gameplan for that situation.
andi,

You can figure out more about this if you think about it. Not only is the shroud "all loosy goosy", but without the spreader, the mast is not properly supported. You will have to cobber something together to repair the spreader. And then give it a go.

If the boat has lower shrouds, you might be able to rig a small sail from the attachment points on the mast just below the lowers, to the tack, and limp along slowly. You would want to jury rig a strong line from just above the lowers to be a stay.

It is possible to go aloft at sea, but easier if you have someone to help you than if you're single handed.

Uncivilized will probably be along here in a minute to answer your question in more detail.

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Re: Couple and dogs rescued after months at sea

It's getting worse. Just reviewed the video and if you look closely you can see somebody in the mast, probably assessing/fixing the spreader...
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I tend to favour the theory put forward by Robert Wilson on the YBW Scuttlebutt forum:-
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I reckon they set off with their two menfolk, fetched-up on a deserted island (explains the weed-line), had big fallings-out, murdered the men then ate them (fed them to the dogs too) then when they realised they were nearing civilisation and would be in for some awkward questioning they broke the engine, somehow, pretended to be in distress and are now hoping the mugs on the other side of the world will believe them as being two helpless lost little ladies.
Well it's another way of explaining the inexplicable
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That's out there...



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Sorry to say, I am sliding over to the publicity side of this issue. For me, it is mostly the apparent lack of seamanship, and their story, so far, does not hold together for me.

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Did I hear that correctly?: The blonde built the boat in 2 years?
If that's true, she could have dealt with the spreader with absolutely no problem.
I don't understand not being able to anchor somewhere in Kiribati? Don't they send cruise ships and very large launches there chock full of tourists?
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I skipped the middle armchair thread posts, but I’ve learned something. I’ve wondered about big dogs on boats and put it down to people love their dogs. But now I see the practical side of it as “if things get bad there’s fresh meat”. :-)
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I don't understand not being able to anchor somewhere in Kiribati?
Having listened to the interview, I also don't understand not being able to pronounce "Kiribati" correctly.
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Having listened to the interview, I also don't understand not being able to pronounce "Kiribati" correctly.
I caught that too, but they look like concrete thinkers, and I gave her a pass for the not-too-obvious pronunciation.
Kiribahs.
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These things always seem to boil down to reasons why "this never would have happened to us," and that's actually a good thing. I have been on occasion branded an overly cautious "nut" because of my tunnel vision to safety at sea. Well, attention to safety in this instance might have saved these sailors five months of basking in the sun, right?
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I still contend that the dogs held the highest IQ's and would have solved the problems, except for the fact that they don't have opposable thumbs.
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Did I hear that correctly?: The blonde built the boat in 2 years?
If that's true, she could have dealt with the spreader with absolutely no problem.
I don't understand not being able to anchor somewhere in Kiribati? Don't they send cruise ships and very large launches there chock full of tourists?
This storyline somehow doesn't pass the smell test. Something is wrong here.
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....... But now I see the practical side of it as “if things get bad there’s fresh meat”. :-)
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I still contend that the dogs held the highest IQ's and would have solved the problems, except for the fact that they don't have opposable thumbs.
Both parties were (presumably) meat eaters...
Does the highest IQ mean who gets to eat last.
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