Originally Posted by Erin
This has always intrigued me somewhat. If I were to end up being out in really rough conditions where the water was breaking over the bow or sides to flood the boat, the last thing I'd be wanting to do is let go of the wheel to let the trunks down. How in reality do people operate their trunks? Do you leave them trailing free whenever conditons are rough, or deploy only if needed? I've also wondered about having the bit of cord swilling around in the water near the prop.
I replaced the silly short bit of string with a length of rope that runs all the way to the helm position along the toobs. (I have the advantage of 5 grab handles along the toobs through which I can thread it - some of these stick - on eyes could do the same job).
The rope (4mm multistrand) is tied just ahead of where I sit with a slack looped bowline. I then have a small stainless hook tied to the rope at a position which hooks the hook onto the loop formed by the bowline when the trunk is up. to deploy, I simply unhook. To retrieve, I pull the hook & hook it on. Don't even need to stand up!
I found I had to splice a bit of bungee on to the rope & tie it back to the transom to overcome the friction & pull the cord out to drop the trunks when unhooked. Worth installing anyway as it also keeps the rope in tension when the trunks are up and keeps the hook in place.
When down there is not enough slack for the rope to go anywhere near the prop.
Before I rigged that I used to just deploy & ignore if it looked like it was going to be wet.