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As I said in an earlier Facebook post, “capsizing is easy, righting is hard.”
I’ve only flipped twice. First recovery was textbook according to the Weta instructions. The second time I was only in about 20 to 22 feet of water, which is a common depth in many of the inland lakes I sail here close to home. The mast got stuck in the bottom muck and I spent the better part of an hour trying to get it unstuck and the boat upright. It’s going to happen again and I want to be better prepared for it next time.
I recognize that a tri isn’t going to respond to something like a “mast bob” the way a catamaran does. On the Weta you’ve got an Ama with about 400lbs floatation (my best estimate) that is going to easily overcome a bob or even inside the mast floatation (keeps water out and maintains buoyancy) with maybe 40 or 60 pounds of flotation. Still… I wonder what the effect of some floatation in or on the mast top would be.
If the Ama still comes up but the boat will lie on a bit of an angle, then this might be beneficial. Although I tend to think this won’t happen unless you have enough to lift one Ama clear. Not sure how much they weigh – need to weigh one.
Anybody tried any sort of mast float? I guess I need to give it a go in some deep water just to see whether it makes things better, worse or none of the above.
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