Putting It Away
We have a rule at our Club that all parked boats should be tied down. I don’t suppose for a moment we have 100% compliance to that rule. It’s not a rule just for dinghies, of course.
You’d think an FF was heavy enough to be secure probably. When I had my first brand new fifteen, I had the nose of the boat lift out of the trailer support in a gale – as a result nowadays, I always tie the nose in when parked. Around about ten years ago, in the Datchet Winter Warmup, we had Brett Dingwall’s Fifteen blow clean out of its trailer and bounce down the slope below…. those of you who helped carry it back up will remember. So we never forget to tie our trailer down when parked.
Now, take a look at this
Yesterday we looked at securing the bow, now lets think about midships!!
You will see boats with extra long straps over the top, securing the boat like a dinghy. You don’t want too much pressure in that – part of class folklore is that boats that do a lot of towing develop cracks along the gunwhale surface as this tie-down strap applies pressure at the edge of the boat, leveraging the overhang of the gunwhale design.
What most people do instead, or sometimes as well as, is secure the main weight of the boat by the keel. Hopefully, your kit of straps from your sailmaker includes an assymetrically padded strap that enables you to secure the keel very firmly to the trailer. The assymetric padding is to position over the top of the keel – which is very fine – to protect it.
If you want to put the top strap over then, just thing of it as being there to stop the boat wobbling around. If you have a Hayling Trailer, you should move the side chocks in to achieve the same effect. With the keel firmly secured, the boat is not about to part company with the trailer in any event.