The winds of september

Dinghy docks in a wind!

Yesterday the wind was blowing at about 30kph gusting to 50 from the NW and W. This is the most dangerous wind that we have since there is no protection from the land. These winds will become increasingly common as the fall continues. To prevent loss or damage of your boat and dinghy there are several precautions that you can take.

1). Remove you dinghy from the water. There were several boats at the dinghy dock yesterday that were taking unessasary abuse.

2). Check your headlines prior to any increase in wind. During the fall you really should be on your boat at least once a week. In an inspection I did yesterday I noted several headlines that were not in the best of condition.

3). Headlines should have a safety line that is slack and that is attached directly to the chain.

4). Many headlines are too long. This let’s your boat sail back and forth endangering other vessels and causing undue wear on the lines. Headlines should be never any longer than twice the distance from the deck to the water. 1.5 is prefered.

5). Snap connecters are not the best method as a primary attachment. I have witnessed how one of these can unhook itself.

6). Remove loose objects and canvas

Eric Phinney
Harbormaster

About Eric Phinney

Past Commodore Renforth Boat Club Rector of Renforth (St. James the Less Church)
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