So far, the most reliable technique I have found for dealing with bow windage is to use my 25lb lead 'drudging' weight. Just let it go over the bow when the boat is in midstream, wait a few moments while she settles head to wind and then motor slowly ahead, recovering the weight as you go.
Whilst waiting for the boat to settle head to wind, there is time to light the pipe that John Morris probably assumes us old fuddy-duddy long-keelers smoke.
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07-03-12, 07:37 #401'The lyf so short
the arte so long to lerne.'
07-03-12, 07:56 #402
All went well despite a heavy swell that was taking the light wind out of the sails sometimes until we came to Upgang Rock, a submarine uprising over which we would have plenty of clearance. However, out of nowhere the swell broke (with no previous indication of breakers there) and the boat started surfing sideways at an alarming rate. Eventually, in shallower water the wave subsided and, with still enough water to sail off, I cleared the shore, quite shaken.
If I had had the plate down, or a keel boat, I think I would have been rolled with the height of the wave. As it was, I obtained the title of 'Beachcomber' in the clubhouse later.
07-03-12, 09:00 #403
07-03-12, 09:24 #404
So much to learn. ( tempting to make a snide comment about boat handling learning or spending ££ on paper tickets) but.
Parsifals drudging idea I have never tried though v tempting to deploy the anchor from the cockpit if one is so set up, enough to bump vertically along the seabed and assist in backing out. I guess you would have to know that the ground is flattish and not obstructed. One more trick to try.
MichaelChapman I raced on a smack the Ellen which had one diesel and two saildrives hydraulically driven- impressive, especially to the unsuspecting in close quarters.
LongKeeler the idea of stowing the sweep handily along the backstay-perfect. That would be well supported to withstand the reverse steering forces. This I have to try. Ironically one assumes it is better to raise a self steering paddle for closequarters manoeuvrability but hmmm..some swing out and then align fore and aft but if the turning moment could be kept active, that might be enough in itself.
March is perfect marina parking practise time midweek, lots of empty pontoons and no traffic or bored watching AWB observers?
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07-03-12, 10:03 #405
07-03-12, 10:12 #406
Well after all the arguments about the benefits of long keels on here the pro camp have probably scuppered more long keel hopefuls by their tales of handling tricks and treats than any logical case for better performance ever could.Sermons from my pulpit are with tongue firmly in cheek and without any warranty!
07-03-12, 10:27 #407
In practice I lead the line from the cockpit via a snatch-block to a bow fairlead, then back aft 'outside all', and prop the weight on the toerail by the cockpit where it can be easily pushed off into the water. Recovery can then be done from the cockpit and the weight lifted on board when in open water.
There is little chance of snagging the weight on anything because it is only a 2" square section of lead window sash. That's why I use a weight and not an anchor, although an anchor could be used if the line was attached to its crown.
As John Goode, from whom I got the idea, points out, marinas are not dredged any deeper than the minimum necessary because dredging costs money so you are not having to haul in long lines'The lyf so short
the arte so long to lerne.'
07-03-12, 10:29 #408
In my Twister I tried the technique of pointing her tail into the wind and yes, into a reasonable breeze or strong wind it does work.
My Tradewind, an even heavier displacement long keeler, seems to do the same and going astern some distance it's dead simple to steer, I simply give a blast on the bow thruster!You never get to where you want to go if you only travel on sunny days.
07-03-12, 10:52 #409
Re MoboRobin of Poole(. Just wait till you get a norther blowing through some overcrowded Banamas anchorage and those tophampered mobos start dancing and dragging...
'Welcome to my world' for grown up boat handling! Of course the 'Bale-out-to-sea' option that we long keelers love, may not look so attractive then.
(Tongue in cheek).
Don't know about you but I am taking on board some genuine tips that may be useful to any boat owner of whatever type, having like you owned more than one boat type.
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07-03-12, 11:32 #410
I don't want to kick off a new anchor thread but we are planning on a) upping our 66lb Claw to a 88lb Delta b) picking less crowded anchorages where possible (I heard the septics anchor like the French) c) Getting out of dodge quick if needed since we can wind up to 17kts if needed!Sermons from my pulpit are with tongue firmly in cheek and without any warranty!