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Post Options Post Options   Quote JimC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jul 06 at 4:31pm
The big warning with masthead buoyancy is if you sail
on the sea. A boat with masthead buoyancy capsized
drifts downwind faster than a sailor can swim. So if
you lose contact with the boat and there's no safety
boat you're probably going to drown.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jpbuzz591 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jul 06 at 7:43pm
Very comforting words there Jim.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phat Bouy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 06 at 1:08am
Another few words of warning - your mast can get severely damaged if you have a lot of bouyancy at the masthead and you suffer a high impact capsize  
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Looking at the original post I would guess mast damage from the mud is more likely!
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Originally posted by Black no sugar

...It's also a good idea to release the kicker (and the other controls, but kicker is most effective) as soon as you feel you've reached the point of no return. That will prevent the boat from turtling instantly.

Does letting the kicker off really slow down an inversion? or does it just make righting easier? I don't capsize that often any more but when I do it's always at a critical point in a race  and stopping an inversion could make all the difference.

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As far as i know it just makes it easier to right

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Black no sugar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jul 06 at 2:11pm

Maybe it's just my boat, being a grand old lady and all that, but if I capsize and forget to release the kicker, she turtles instantly. I suppose the sail is slacker when the kicker's off and "balloons" a bit over the surface before sinking.
If the kicker's on, I can't right it at all - I'm on a fine balancing point there

(I'm 60 kgs in a wetsuit and the hull's about 85 kgs, not counting the water that gets in the hull! 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jul 06 at 2:25pm

I would have thought that releasing the kicker makes no difference to the speed of inversion but does make it much easier to right as the sail dson't fill as the boom end drags through the water.

Smart thing to do is sail a boat with the boom end very high ...

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once its inverted, it is much easier and quicker to bring the rig up to windward and the boat will drift a lot less, (stating the obvious i know!).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote phantom871 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jul 06 at 6:05pm

Another alternative is to fill the mast with foam and then drill holes for the halliards through it. the foam will float and where the foam is the water isnt!

 

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