sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Check this sailing gear more often during the season
Check this sailing gear more often during the season

'Off Cape Hatteras'    Captain John Jamieson

Master sailor, offshore racer, sailmaker and author Brian Hancock tells a tale of a transatlantic delivery that turned into a nightmare in his classic 'Maximum Sail Power'. The crew had checked their sailing gear, sails, and lines. And all looked under control--or so they thought.

Until...

...one specific vital line snapped. In a matter of seconds, their sail turned into a nightmare. Read on to discover how to avoid this common sailing situation with this simple sailing tip!

Beware of overconfidence on one of the most complex, sophisticated pieces of equipment on deck. Indeed, sailors often talk about systems. Sailboat systems could be defined as something that requires multiple pieces that work together to produce the desired effect.

Now, that could mean most anything, but in my mind, it means complex pieces of equipment, like your galley, your engine, your marine sanitation device. On deck, I would consider the roller furling unit to be a system. Why? This single system requires multiple parts to work together for the desired effect. A swivel at the hoist, drum at the bottom, fairleads, blocks, line and dozens of internal parts. If one of those fails, it could compromise this system.

Reliable? For the most part. Except for those 'weak links' we talk about from time to time. Each of your sailing boat systems has a weak link. And these gremlins are most often hidden, forgotten about, or those things that we sometimes say in a rush 'oh, I just checked it yesterday' or 'I'll get to it next month' or 'we'll do that later'.

So what was the culprit in the opening scenario? Furling line. It snapped and they were done for. In the blink of an eye, they lost control of the Genoa in those high winds. They needed it furled and they were stuck with no way to roll it up! That meant tons of time on a pitching, rolling foredeck doing the 'Bronco-Billy' to try to haul the sail down.

Friction fought them as they pulled and hauled to try to lower the massive sail inside the narrow furling extrusion tube. So here's the 'lesson-learned' in this sea story...

Check your furling line each time before you get underway from bow to stern. Any chafe means you need to change it out before you cast off. Also, you need to change out the entire furling line once a year as a preventative maintenance task. Remove and replace all of the furling line to give you more peace of mind throughout the sailing season.

But that's not all...
Do not leave the safety of protected waters without an alternate 'hank on' method to hoist a headsail. 'Hank-ons' are not some antiquated piece of equipment from the days of Bligh. They are a seamanlike sail that should be your primary means of headsail propulsion in case your furling unit fails. And if you need to claw off a lee shore to windward, you can bet a hank-on could make a big difference in your ability to do so.

Final Thoughts
Under no circumstance should you listen to any market hype that states that furling units are fail-free. They are not. I have yet to ever hear of a hank-on headsail that failed and could not be hauled down in a minute or two. They go up; they come down. Carry a hank-on headsail or two. Discuss rigging alternatives with your sailmaker or rigger (i.e. a removable inner forestay with proper mast support).

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Use this easy sailing tip for safer sailing this sailing season. Keep your furling gear 'fit as a fiddle' for worry-free cruising on the waters of the world.

John Jamieson (Captain John) with shows you the no-nonsense cruising skills you need for safer sailing worldwide. Visit his website. Sign up for his Free, highly popular weekly 'Captain John's Sailing Tip-of-the-Week'. Discover how you can gain instant access to hundreds of sailing articles, sailing skills videos, sailing tips newsletters and Free sailing topic e-Books!


by John Jamieson


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=120771

1:20 AM Fri 4 Apr 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland








America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
























Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England




























2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind emerges into the sunlight   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Team SCA with the   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board Azzam and Team Campos   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Twist of fate on day 5   
Mallorca’s Puerto Portals to host the 2015 TP52 World Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain on board with Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race: Round Britain with on board with Team Dongfeng   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Teams ready for action   
USA Match Racing Grand Slam Series - Kicks off in Chicago   
U.S. Youth Championships - Climactic finish on Lake St. Clair   
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games - Lake Jinniu action on the horizon   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT