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Old 08 May 2008, 15:06   #11
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Originally Posted by Andy Moore View Post
Good tip. And....tread lightly when crossing over so as not to sound like a heffalump to those folks possibly kipping down below. And...try not to 'twang' the rigging and guiderails!

Only small points, but if you are the inside boat, a never ending troop of heffalumps can get repetitive.
its an unwritten rule that you should always walk round the bow on any boat.shame they dont teach that at the iow sailing acadamy (uksa) as 3 sailing dingys tied up next to me at the folly and about 12 gits thought it would be ok to walk over my back seat with mud and tar on there wellies

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Old 08 May 2008, 16:20   #12
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leaving from raft situation

In most cases we are preaching to the converted, those who would benefit the most from previous usefull comments won't be reading this forum!

What I would add but is:
As an inner boat leaving a raft, leave one of your crew on the raft while you stand off with your own boat. This allows the raft to settle and lines to be adjusted etc. Then come back in and assess the way the raft now sits and advise your crew member accordingly if further adjustment needed. Then pick him up of course!

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Old 23 May 2008, 16:35   #13
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i would put out a couple of lines out fore and aft to shore if rafting more than a couple of boats together as a precaution ,once had an overnight stay in a habour where a dozen or so boats had just tied to the ajoining boats .the next morning the tide had turned and a crescent shaped raft was bending down the harbour ,the inner boats cleats and fittings grossley overloaded taking all the strain of the outer boats just because the crews wanted to get to pub fast . another tip is if tying to a bollard or post with other boats mooring lines there put the loop of your rope through there loops then drop it over the post that way everone can slip there lines without undoing the others.

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