H260 Launch Retrieval
The result of a momentary
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This list corresponds to the
basic checklist. It is a list of things I forgot or just plain screwed up. Some
things are just embarrassing, others come under the category of "stuff
happens". Of course, I'm sure none of this stuff could happen to you
-- I only put it here as part of my own 12 step program to become a better, more
||Park in an area
with clear overhead access. Once I raised the mast under a power line and almost
hit it before I noticed it. Another time I ran into a power line coming off the
ramp - what a mess that was! Click the picture above.
||Keep a couple of
the bungies that hold the furler to the mast near its base. Once I
remembered to leave a bungie on to hold the furler in place, but it was so high
on the mast that I could not reach it - had to lower the mast to retrieve it.
Couple of times the "T-ball" hook at top of furler came out and furler
fell to the deck when sliding the mast back - some older H26 boats have a "T-ball"
plug rather than the grey clip. Make sure you have them for all your mast
||If you need to install
the Windex/antenna, now is the time to dip the head of the mast down so it
drops as close to the ground as possible. Forgot this a couple of times and
decided it was not worth lowering the mast to install it
the base. Don't forget the vang
bracket. More than once I forgot to install the vang bracket, but the boat sails
OK w/o it.
||Attach bottom end
of mainsheet to "U"
bolt in anchor locker. Mainsheet was tangled so I could not pull the
gin pole down all the way. Had to lower mast, untangle mainsheet and start over.
||Tension red jib
halyard so pole is about 10
degrees aft of vertical. If you forget this you'll end up with a dent in the
pole where it is inserted in the hole and or distort the hole.
halyards and shrouds are not snagged on anything before raising mast. Bent
turnbuckles can be the result. Once A shroud got caught up and I just kept
cranking. The result was a bent pole. Just
before getting the mast vertical re-check those turnbuckles
||Once the mast is
in the full vertical position, This is about the time you notice you forgot to
insert the Windex
||Pining furler. Make
sure the drum line is facing the stern Twice I installed the furler drum
reversed so it would not deploy - had start all over.
pole and crutch. Did this on the water once and the pole rolled off the deck
into the water.
Once forgot to install the mainsail Tac pin and did not notice it until sailing.
||Open fuel tank
vent and prime the gas line. The very first time I took the boat out with
my wife, the engine died just as I was exiting the harbor. Quickly deployed the
furler. Found out that the gas line was not seated well in the tank.
||Don't forget to
take the fenders off. If you want to advertise your incompetence to other
boaters, this is the perfect way to do it.
centerboard is secured in up position. Boat floated off trailer but centerboard
dropped down and jammed itself into the mud. Took 30 minutes to get
straightened out. Lots of people watching with amusement. Also, when coming into
dock, if you have shallow water raise the keel - I forget this 50 percent of the
||If you forget to
close the ballast tank valve, you'll have lots of water sloshing around in the
disconnect trailer lights from vehicle, Good way to blow out some hot bulbs when
the trailer hits the water.
||Park & lock
vehicle. Couple of times I left the keys in the car. What fun!
Sailing! More than once forgot to lower centerboard and could not
figure why boat was being pushed sideways.
||Raise rudder & pin. Dragged
rudder on ramp on the ramp took a four hours of epoxy and sanding to
||Guide boat on trailer. Without
an alignment guide the boat will not center well. Check
here for some ideas.
|Disclaimer: These instructions are for entertainment only. The author knows
nothing about boats so you should take all of this with a grain of salt. Get
some lessons. Use of any part of these procedures is at your own risk.
Your decisions, adjustments and actions must be based strictly on your
own knowledge and research. If you want to sue me, forget it as all my money is
in a Swiss Bank Account or buried in a secret location, yada, yada, yada, etc,