Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 77 LEFT: With the retrieval line tripped, the parachute comes aboard easily. RIGHT: The throat in the Stormfighter has an elastic bungee that allows more water to flow out when the parachute comes under severe load. Without this ability to reduce the load, panels in the parachute could split. LEFT: Starting the retrieval process. Even in the relative calm seas and 25-knot wind, there was high load on the rode so we motored ahead to take the load off the rode to retrieve the float. ABOVE: Pulling in the parachute: If there is no weight on the rode, the retrieval line soon trips the parachute which comes aboard easily. Picking up the retrieval float with a boathook, we made sure the rode was kept clear of the keel, propeller and rudder as we picked up the float and retrieval line. 17 18 19 20 21 to a sea-anchor is not a vessel ‘at anchor’, nor is it ‘not under command’. Having gear in the water may make it ‘restricted in ability to manoeuvre’, but what is most important is to keep watch and to warn other vessels about what is happening. Aside from day-shapes and lights, this can be done by radio and altering the status on AIS. Preparation is paramount when heading offshore. Being prepared is one thing, knowing what to prepare for is something else. However carefully a voyage is planned, there is no excuse for not being prepared for stormy conditions and having the equipment to cope. Parachute sea-anchors have a good record in storms at sea – and help you to be brave in stormy weather. THECLA SS ICYACHTTHECLA SS ICYACHTTHECLAS S ICYACHTASSOC IA TIONNZASSOCI AT IONNZASSOCI AT IONNZ It’s not just a hobby, it’s a way of life. For info on membership + cruising, racing & social events visit classicyacht.org.nz REGULAR_PB_sea anchors_April14.indd 77 19/03/2014 9:58:52 a.m.
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