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In Topic: Sailing Emerald Steel - Patron videos, bikinis, steel boats

Yesterday, 01:48 PM


You posers here probably will not like this.  Its not another marina beauty queen from desk jockey Bob.  Its not a bunch of smack talking loser lake sailors.  Its a couple who escaped communism, built a life, then built steel boat and went cruising on it for decades and decades.  A very Brent-like philosophy.  But given they actually have been there and done what most of you dreamers here type about from your basements, perhaps you will find some useful information herein.  

That's not impressive .

This is: http://www.mountaine...orizon-P97.aspx

Ok, I do admire their resourcefulness and independent spirit, etc. But, like, whatever...asking for money via vids on YouTube?



Is it really any different then writing a book about sailing around the world?  I would imagine in 1902 Joshua Slocum had a publicist who arranged book readings, book signings, speeches, interviews and published promotional materials... 

In Topic: Fast, shoal draft cruising boat

25 March 2017 - 02:50 AM

Multi with boards

In Topic: Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

22 March 2017 - 05:00 PM


Going aloft we use two halyards, both tied in to the chair, shackles are verbotin.  We use one electric and one manual going up but the halyard is not in the feeder of the electric, I don't trust the switches, I've seen them start on their own.  


We've never seen our winches go off on their own. We tie off the lines on the winch.


One thing that came up in our discussion on this the other day is that two lines on the chair does nothing for you if the chair fails. We have used a regular harness, but even that without a crotch strap you can fall out of it if you lose consciousness. If you think about it, the halyards have massive working loads - I forget what ours are, but the working loads are several tons. But the chair...how much weight is that designed to carry? 3-400 lbs?  220 lbs, it seems. And if the stitching rots out. I mean, you inspect it before use, but the chair actually seems like the weakest link in the whole equation.


We're considering a rock climbing harness, which is light enough to not get in the way, for an attachment of the backup. You can still sit in the chair with it and work, but you've then got something that will still hold you that really is a fully independent backup. We've not done this yet, but that's how we're leaning.



Edit to add:


West Marine Max Working Load: 220 Lbs

Harken Max Working Load: 220 Lbs



I've seen it happen 3 times, the one that really got my attention was when one of our primaries took off, they are Harken 98 three speeds, they will pull the rig down, scary shit.  A couple years ago in the Caribbean a wife had cranked her husband to the mast head when the switch failed, she lost one or both hands trying to get the line out of the tailer and someone who came to help was also injured.  We love the electric winches but treat them with the respect they deserve.  They are OFF when not sailing.


"Going Aloft Safely

Posted by Darrell Nicholson at 04:33PM - Comments: (7)

May 10, 2011

An external halyard through a ratchet block (in a addition to second a halyard controlled from below) gives the person going aloft control over his safe ascent or descent.

For those of you who plan to go aloft to do some work this spring, please make sure you are well aware of all the safety measures that pertain to this kind of work.

One of the most important tips that we failed to mention in recent article on bosun chairs was to never use a self-tailing winch when hauling someone aloft. In light of a recent safety warning from Lewmar, the importance of this advice is clear.

Lewmar issued the warning regarding safe winch use after a two cruising sailors in Antigua were seriously injured in an accident involving a Lewmar winch. The accident occurred while a woman was using a mechanically operated Lewmar winch to hoist her husband up the mast.

The warning, which is posted on the Lewmar website, repeats some important advice from Lewmar's manual for electric and hydraulic winches:

Under no circumstances should any self tailing winch be used in self tailing mode for any lifting operation; rather suitable and adequate manual tailing should be arranged with proper means of manually cleating or stopping the hoist.
Isolate the winch using circuit breaker/isolator when not in use.
Only persons who are completely familiar with the controls and those who have been fully made aware of the correct use of the winch should be allowed to use it.
It is the unavoidable responsibility of the owner or master or other responsible party to assess the risk of any operation on the vessel.
According to news reports in the Antigua Daily Observer, Lola Khon was hoisting her husband up the mast of a 2006 Amel 54 in Jolly Harbor when she realized something was mechanically wrong. Fearing he was in danger, she tried to stop the equipment when her left hand got caught in the winch. She tried to free her left hand with her right hand, but this also got caught.

Her rescuer, John Algrehn, who came from another boat, lost seven fingers trying to free Khon from the winch. Khon's injuries were more serious. Her left hand was completely severed beneath the elbow and her right hand was crushed. 

In April, the newspaper reported that Khon was in Miami being fitted with prosthetics and undergoing surgery and rehabilitation of her right hand. Algrehn was being treated in his home country of Norway. He had the use of his thumbs and the little finger on his left hand, according to the Observer.

This type of accident is rare, but winches deserve the greatest respect, particular on today's super-sized cruisers with their heavily loaded lines. I remember quite clearly the ambulance rolling into the Typhoon Refuge in Guam after Typhoon Paka blasted through in 1997. Amazingly only one person of the few who'd elected to weather the storm in the refuge was seriously injured. Again it was the result of a winch accident. The woman injured in that accident was much luckier than Khon. Her broken arm soon healed.

For professional guidance on going aloft, Brion Toss's DVD on mast climbing safety is as good as it gets without taking a course. Toss is a well-known professional rigger and has spent countless days high above the spreaders. The DVD offers essential tips that not only make working aloft safer, not just for the person in the air, but also the people below on deck."


I don't think the webbing would fail catastrophically with my 130# wife in it but we also tie a line around the torso under the arms.  There is only so much that can be done.  First time my wife went to the top of the rig I had trouble lowering her back down, she weighs about what the two halyard tails weigh.

In Topic: Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

22 March 2017 - 12:25 PM

Going aloft we use two halyards, both tied in to the chair, shackles are verbotin.  We use one electric and one manual going up but the halyard is not in the feeder of the electric, I don't trust the switches, I've seen them start on their own.  

In Topic: Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

21 March 2017 - 09:51 PM


Bet you don't need another metre of water if you live in say Bangladesh...you and 40 million or so of your mates will need canoes and a new country code on your cell phones.

Think climate change doesn't effect you ...go chart rainfall, world wheat prices for the last 20 years then chart wheat import/export ratios and then overlay civil wars, insurrection, terrorist activity etc. Funny how central Africa, Somalia etc gets pinged nearly every year as being totally fucked by every measure.

If it wasn't for climate change the words Black Hawk Down would be just words.


My first university degree was a double major in population ecology and geomorphology, mainly coastal & estuarine.


The climate has been changing for as long as the planet has existed and will keep right on changing regardless of what we do or don't do.


I live on the edge of a drowned river valley, caused by sea level rise over the last 20K years, due to global warming. I'd far, far rather a 2C to 4C temperature rise than the reverse.


Can you explain WHY you expect climate to STOP changing? And as a second order event, just what means you suggest we use to accomplish this, with estimate of likelihood of success over time?


If you can't, then I'm afraid that my 'woe is me' quota in life is already full and I'm going to go right on not giving a damn.




FKT, I'm right there with you.