England Ireland Find Havens
England Ireland Find Routes


The single-hander’s last chance

Be the first to comment

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.

Add your review or comment:

Please log in to leave a review of this tip.

eOceanic makes no guarantee of the validity of this information, you must read our legal page. However, we ask you to help us increase accuracy. If you spot an inaccuracy or an omission on this page please contact us and we will be delighted to rectify it. Don't forget to help us by sharing your own experience.