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Has anyone rigged up some kind of righting line on a single hander?

Im hoping for something i can put a loop in that i can use as a step to get up onto the centreboard, while i build my upper body strength

But i also don't want it to be yet another rope to get tangled in while im sailing

Im hoping to avoid drilling holes in the boat. Hoping for something i can just tie on

Any tips or ideas appreciated!
 

tag

my2fish
There is some discussion of this recently over at the Sunfish Forum:

In the re-enactment of this rescue, we used the main
sheet of the righted Sunfish to fashion the stirrup. I tied
a bowline loop in the end of the sheet and extended it
toward the windward side. The swimmer drew the line
toward her to a comfortable step position and placed her
forward (left) foot into it (Photo 3). The sheet was
secured by wrapping it once around the top of the
daggerboard, raised about six inches out of its trunk
(Photo 4). This improvement made it unnecessary to
have an auxiliary line on board. The swimmer stepped
up using the stirrup and crawled into the cockpit (Photo
5).
 
Thanks tag, that is helpful! I definitely like the idea of using the mainsheet with a bowline in it to get back into the boat.

Do you think that would work to actually help get myself onto the centreboard?
 

LaLi

Well-Known Member
Not only would a righting line be as you say, yet another line to be tangled in, but also illegal. Definitely no :eek: new holes!

You don't need to get your whole body up on the centreboard, it should be enough that you get a hold on the tip of the board... even with one arm. (How's your shoulder?)

Tag's links describe somewhat different scenarios, where you have someone else helping. Even if you tried to use existing lines, you'd have to get them from the other side (or from under) the boat. Wouldn't help much if you were really all by yourself.

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I definitely won't be drilling new holes.

I just wanted to have some way of getting onto the centreboard if I need to, so that I don't get stuck capsized & drifting away from the fleet & unable to get the boat to come up again.

I grabbed onto the end of the centreboard with both arms & hung off it & pushed my feet against the bottom gunnel. The boat wouldn't come up. :(
 
Resurrecting this thread

Does anyone have any photos of righting line setups they can post?

Laser is on the market & im looking at buying a class of boat that actually legally allows righting lines

But now after my 2 previous experiences sailing (swimming) im apprehensive about going out again & need to be certain that the righting line set up works for me

I need something i can use to pull the boat up without being on the centreboard at all. Happy to drill holes if necessary as righting lines are legal in the class.

I want something that is permanently rigged, as opposed to faffing about in the water trying a loop in the mainsheet (for example).

Photos of your setups would be awesome please!
 

Alan47

New Member
I definitely won't be drilling new holes.

I just wanted to have some way of getting onto the centreboard if I need to, so that I don't get stuck capsized & drifting away from the fleet & unable to get the boat to come up again.

I grabbed onto the end of the centreboard with both arms & hung off it & pushed my feet against the bottom gunnel. The boat wouldn't come up. :(
If you put your weight on the centerboard and the boat would not come upright, you may have a leaky mast. If you have a leaky mast, it will start to take on water when the boat goes over, and it will get really heavy. If you can locate and seal up the leaks, the mast will remain full of air and will have some buoyancy that helps to right the boat. Look around the mast cap and foot for leaks as well as screw holes in the mast from attached hardware. I think all masts leak a little, and it helps to get the boat up quickly before the mast can fill up with water. Hope that helps.
 
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