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The single-hander’s last chance


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What is the issue?
If a single hander goes overboard and clears the vessel, with or without a harness, they are effectively lost. Even if they are attached with a safety harness a self steered vessel forging ahead will exert too much drag for the solo sailor to pull themselves back aboard.

Why address this?
Every extra precaution a single hander can implement to possibly save their life is recommended.

How to address this?
Trail a permanent length of line astern see figure 1. rnrnThis should be connected to a block that is mounted perpendicular to the end of the tiller. Should this ‘last chance line’ be grabbed it will pull upon the tiller overwhelming the vessels self steering and round up the vessel. When the vessel slows the solo sailor stands a better chance of getting back aboard.rnrn

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.


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