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#1

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Trig Help
Hi Friends,
Need a little help with Trigonometry
It's been a long time since High School
I'm trying to figure out how much heel angle I would
need to induce to get a 60 foot stick under a 54 foot bridge ?
And what width of channel would be required.
I know one has to use the Pythagorean Theory,
but to tell you the truth just looking at it on Google
made my head spin.
So Id appreciate any help from anybody good with sums
Cheers
Neil



15062021, 08:05

#2

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Re: Trig Help
Quote:
Originally Posted by Time2Go
Hi Friends,
Need a little help with Trigonometry
It's been a long time since High School
I'm trying to figure out how much heel angle I would
need to induce to get a 60 foot stick under a 54 foot bridge ?
And what width of channel would be required.
I know one has to use the Pythagorean Theory,
but to tell you the truth just looking at it on Google
made my head spin.
So Id appreciate any help from anybody good with sums
Cheers
Neil

At least 26°



15062021, 08:33

#3

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Join Date: May 2021
Location: Adelaide
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Re: Trig Help
You want cos.
Adjacent length being air draft vessel
Hi the long word being air draft bridge.
Is stick 60 feet from rotation bouyansy of vessel?
54/60=0.9
Cos (30 degrees) =0.86 or close enough which is lower or in basic terms allowance for a bit of a gap.
54/0.86= 62.7 or 2.7 feet extra at 30 degree heel.
Pitch alters air draft, might be a passing vessel.
I might have mathematics wrong. Been a while. Pretty sure that true though.



15062021, 08:39

#4

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Re: Trig Help
How wide your boat?
Although mast air draft reducing, mast step rising.
You need allow for bouyansy of heel that keeps our wind clean. Or you ain't under bridge although trig angle suggests above.
0100 hours. I'll mislead like normal



15062021, 08:40

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Re: Trig Help
Quote:
Originally Posted by Time2Go
.........need to induce to get a 60 foot stick under a 54 foot bridge? And what width of channel would be required..........

Solving for width by the Pythagorean theorem based on 60 ft mast plus 4 feet from mast base to the waterline and 54 ft clearance under the bridge to the waterline and assuming 15 ft beam:
width = √ ([60+4]^2  54^2) + 15/2 = 42 feet minimum



15062021, 08:59

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Re: Trig Help
Time2go:
Why make your life complicated???
Just grab a piece of paper and draw a horizontal line across it near the bottom. Then draw a vertical line about an inch in from the right hand side. Then measure up 5" from the first horizontal line you drew, and draw another horizontal line. Now pick up 6" in your compasses and with the compass point at the crossing of the bottom horizontal and the vertical, draw a part of a circle so it crosses the top horizontal.
A line drawn from the point where the point sits to the intersect of the top horizontal and the circle segment will have the slope you seek, and therefore if you measure the angle between that slopey line and the vertical with a protractor, you can read directly the number of degrees you need to heel the boat.
TrentePieds



15062021, 09:34

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Re: Trig Help
I did not have a protractor.........tossed it when I retired......but using the formula in this link came up 57.54 degrees based on a = 54 ft, b= 34.5 ft, c= 64 ft
https://www.omnicalculator.com/math/triangleangle



15062021, 10:40

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Re: Trig Help
Assuming the top of your masthead is 60 feet above your center of buoyancy. If your mast is 60 feet this number will be bigger. Also note that the center of buoyancy will be located BELOW the waterline.
Heel = ACOS((54clearance)/60), where clearance is the vertical distance in feet from the masthead to the underside of the bridge.
So, at the threshold where the mast would just touch the bridge (zero clearance), ACOS(54/60) = ACOS(0.9) = 25.8⁰
For three feet of clearance, ACOS((543)/60) = ACOS(0.85) = 31.8⁰, etc.
You will need to verify that clearance is indeed 54' (sometimes bridges get modified and data might not get updated, e.g. utilities or signage could change clearance for example) at the specified water level.
Bridge clearance should be based at MHW so you will gain clearance at lower water levels.



15062021, 14:22

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Re: Trig Help
We don't need no stinkin' trig! Or maybe we really do.....
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15062021, 15:06

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Re: Trig Help
Good job, Spot, That's EXACTLY how you do it. :)!
Now, I went for 50 feet under the bridge structure just to give a little extra heel to be on the safe side.
Now, to help out our OP, how would you suggest he induce a 40º heel on a 10 or 15 ton boat? I'll bet you my limit (35¢ Can.) that his boat doesn't have a running topping lift that's up to the job. And that his masthead sheaves for main and jib halyards don't swivel. :)
TrentePieds



15062021, 15:52

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Re: Trig Help
Hmmm...
As a once upon a time physicist I understand the trig and the associated theory full well.
As a practical sailor who knows just how badly things can go wrong, I suggest the following nontheoretical approach:
Make up a line that is as long as the clearance under the bridge plus whatever safety factor you are comfy with. Pput a substantial weight on one end of it. Attach the other end to the masthead. As the boat heels, the line will swing out athwartship. If the weight is touching or under the surface of the water, the masthead will clear the bridge.
With such a setup you can go out and practice heeling and maintaining the boat to the required angle out in open water. You may find that a bit challenging!
Jim
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15062021, 16:07

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Re: Trig Help
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Cate
Hmmm...
Make up a line that is as long as the clearance under the bridge plus whatever safety factor you are comfy with.
Jim

Good plan, but I think that should read “Make up a line that is as long as the clearance under the bridge MINUS whatever safety factor you are comfy with.”
i.e. If the bridge is 50 feet, you want the “clearance line” to be 45 feet or so.



15062021, 16:10

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Re: Trig Help
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Cate
Hmmm...
As a once upon a time physicist I understand the trig and the associated theory full well.
As a practical sailor who knows just how badly things can go wrong, I suggest the following nontheoretical approach:
Make up a line that is as long as the clearance under the bridge plus whatever safety factor you are comfy with. Pput a substantial weight on one end of it. Attach the other end to the masthead. As the boat heels, the line will swing out athwartship. If the weight is touching or under the surface of the water, the masthead will clear the bridge.
With such a setup you can go out and practice heeling and maintaining the boat to the required angle out in open water. You may find that a bit challenging!
Jim

There you go! The practical empirical approach!



15062021, 16:21

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Re: Trig Help
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Cate
Make up a line that is as long as the clearance under the bridge plus whatever safety factor you are comfy with. Pput a substantial weight on one end of it. Attach the other end to the masthead. As the boat heels, the line will swing out athwartship. If the weight is touching or under the surface of the water, the masthead will clear the bridge.

Suggest the "substantial weight" is a barrel(s) full of water, so that when it hits the water, it stops pulling down.



15062021, 16:45

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Re: Trig Help
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisJHC
Good plan, but I think that should read “Make up a line that is as long as the clearance under the bridge MINUS whatever safety factor you are comfy with.”
i.e. If the bridge is 50 feet, you want the “clearance line” to be 45 feet or so.

Well, you are absolutely correct! Sorry about the unclear statement, and thanks for pointing it out, Chris!
Jim
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