I did practice capsizing a couple of summers ago, and found it quite easy to slide off the leeward side, hang on to the boat, quickly move around the stern to windward, step on the daggerboard, right the boat sliding on as she rights, in time to prevent a turtle. Need to be quick, but no need to panic...and I'm an old slow guy..you have a few minutes before the sail begins to submerge. Only danger is you need to stay very close to the boat when you go into the water (hang on to the boat) so you don't wind up out under the sail. Oh, my grand-daughter laughed when I told her I'd practiced capsizing.. Said she and friends do it all the time for fun!I thought this looked like a good idea (4 big pool noodles on the upper spar to prevent turtling). Has anyone done this? If so, have you tried capsizing? Do you have any advice?
It is probably an age thing, my scouts can turtle and do often in a flash. usually they are righted in about a minute. For me in my 50's it is like two minutes.I am 75, have been sailing/racing small sailboats since age 16, have capsized at least once per season but never turned turtle....until last summer. I was sailing the Sunfish close hauled in gusty, very shifty conditions and sailed right into 20 mph 100 degree shift. The sail instantly filled on the other side, pushed the boom into my chest and over it went with me scrambling to get out from under the rig and back to the surface. The boat turtled before I could get around the hull and grab the daggerboard. Righting the boat and dragging my sorry butt back on board took about 5 minutes (glad I was not racing when all this happened.) In retrospect, I wondered if a better move would have been to swim out to the head of the sail and grab it to prevent a turtle then swim for the daggerboard when things stabilized a bit. Any thoughts? And, no, I will not tie a plastic milk bottle to the rig!
Do you know what is the diameter of the "large size pool noodle?" Would 6 inches work?We use the large size pool noodle without the big hole in it. We slice the noodle lengthwise and wrap it as shown. More flotation than the one above.
The boat will turtle with air tight spars. You will find when you flip the booms remain empty. More flotation is needed thus the solutions presented.Why not make spars air tight or insert air tight pve tubes or short lenght of foam in top end of spars?
Expect foam could get wet and heavy but not if dryed out after use?
This summer, I'll have to test two Sunfish side-by-side, comparing the two remedies.I would go milk jug or foam on the upper boom and have it extend well beyond the end of the boom. People who sail should learn to right a boat that has completely turtled for safety reasons. You won't always be sailing a boat with foam or a bottle.