As you know I normally sail alone – so if I kill myself then that is my own fault and I am the one who suffers most of the consequences. Jill will be sad but she will get the insurance money, the dog will be sad but only at meal times, the kids lives will carry one pretty much as they did before and some of you blokes will have to do a bit more work and look at a little less boat porn. Other youtube films and blogs are available.
However, this summer there will be up to five of us aboard so I am thinking a bit more about safety.
I have already been told that I am an eejit for putting the radio aerial on the gantry rather than the masthead – this will cut the range from 20 miles to around 16 miles. On the other ha nd the radio will still work if the mast comes down so swings and roundabouts.
The mast coming down is a bit of a worry. I should obviously replace all the standing rigging – but I am told that will cost me around £800. Now compared to the safety fo five people this is small beer. However, where do you stop?
survival suits all round
epirbs all round
Of course none of this will be of much help in the event of the most likely accident which is falling overboard when moving from the shore to the boat via the dinghy – it will not stop the lobsterpots, floating containers or itinerant sub-aquatic rocks that get in the way.
Suddenly the budget has gone up so much that the sailing will never happen. I am getting close to £1000 for the bill before I leave the Solent – and almost none of that is on boat stuff but all on fees and fuel.
I have been told on a forum that I am a fool not replace all the standing rigging – but I have also been told that some riggers suggest that the standing rigging only needs replacing once every 20,000 miles or every 16 years. I have no idea how old the rigging is on Harmony but I assumke it is less than 16 years old and it has certainly not done 20,000 miles of ocean sailing. I am pretty conservative with the amount of sail I have up and am not an on the edge sort of sailor bashing along with a lee rail under the water. Harmony is a Centaur anyway so who she will just sliop sideways if you over stress her.
The Cenatur has a back stay but it also has two shouds on each side – the lower set are well astern of the mast so the back-stay should not be critical – ditto the side stays – if one of them goes then the mast should stay up. the forestay parting will bring the mast down and as it is hidden inside the roller reefing I have no idea what sort of condition it is in. I will drop the mast when I get to Hayling Island yacht co and then give the rigging a thorough ispection and replace all the lights with LEds at the same time.
I think I will replace the forestay just to be safe but the others I will have to take a risk.