I've just had an incident near Selsey Bill which included a tow off a lee shore in 30+ winds and breaking waves of two meters. I'd anchored so was on the fore deck
to attach the tow, and stayed there as the tow began, ready to drop anchor
again should the line break. It did, no problems. Re-attached quickly and anchor
But there were waves, mainly tops, repeatedly breaking over the bows, I was glad I'd reversed the hatch
over the anchor locker
to hinges at the fore end, and could now tie the rope
, backward opening, to the anchor locker
hatch, forward opening, preventing either being flipped wide open. They had both been forward opening!
I also needed to hang on securely, I have good railings, and netting, I felt and was secure laid along the deck
into the wind/waves, just very wet but at least available. Transition back to the cockpit
could also be accomplished without having to stand. It didn't worry me or the crewman on at the helm
. There was no chance of me going overboard
. That's important when the crew doesn't have much experience.