3 Sailing Tips to Save your Sailboat and Yourself!! – Patrick Childress Sailing #26


today on Brick House How the U V rays of the Sun affect your eyes, sometimes requiring surgery and how some
unexpectedly inexpensive sunglasses can be better protection than the designer
brand, and then shock absorbers for the main and jib sail when the wind dies but
the waves are still up take that terrible snap out of those
sails, how to fish out and patch a broken jib leechline
a day on shore with the natives and some local yachting Madagascar style keep the
bailer close by. Hello my name is Patrick Childress on the sailboat Brick House. I
grew up in the southwest section of Miami and in the summer’s out of high
school in the late 1960s if my friends and I weren’t waterskiing on the nearby
lake then we were out scuba diving on the nearby reefs. In those days no one
paid any attention to what the UV rays of the Sun were doing to one’s skin or
their eyes. In 1979 I left Miami on a 27 foot sailboat to sail solo around the
world. After completing that trip the worst
part of that whole voyage was having to have both of my eyes operated on for
pterygium. Pterygium effects anybody who’s outdoors a lot; construction
workers, farmers, sailors, anyone who is exposed to constant eye irritation like
dust, wind and especially the UV rays of the Sun. Pterygium starts out as a
‘pinguecula’. Take a look at this pinguecula. A pinguecula starts on the inside
corner of the eye nearest the nose and it generally has a yellowish cast to it
and it’s complete with blood vessels as it grows across the white of the eye and
encroaches on the cornea, the clear lens of the eye, that is then called pterygium
and is spelled with a PT. It can actually pull and deform the eye like a muscle
and cause an astigmatism and certainly at that point it needs to be operated on to
be removed. The sunglasses that are just open to the side they’re a benefit but
they allow far too many rays of the Sun and wind in to damage the eye. A hat
certainly helps but really the best thing is to use wraparound sunglasses as
long as you don’t need prescription glasses – you can’t get wraparound
sunglasses in a prescription as of yet. Some of the best glasses are
actually the least expensive. These are safety glasses that you can buy at any
hardware store for five or six dollars. The most important thing is to look for
the ANSI – the American National Standards Institute designation on the
Temple of the eyeglasses this will show that the safety glasses have been tested
for impact resistance in UV protection along with other measures, These glasses
are made of polycarbonate polycarbonate which is a natural inhibitor of UV rays of the Sun. Even if the glasses are clear like these safety glasses they’re 100% well
did they ever say one percent 99.99% UV resistant. When the wind has died but the
waves are still up what to do to take that terrible snapping slamming out of
the main and the jib when you still have to sail? The best remedy that I have
found is to use a snubber just like this anchor snubber that normally attaches to
the chain. It can be looped around the boom of a mainsail and hooked back on to
itself or a separate line can be tied around the boom and then the snubber
attached to it or if the line is long enough on the outboard end of the
snubber it can just be tied around the boom with two wraps and then tied with
the bowline back on to itself and if you’re hanging out in Southeast Asia
you’ll always see these old motorcycle inner tubes laying along the roadway.
They may not be good enough to hold air but they’re great for shock absorbers
whether at a docks or for taking that shock loading out of a sail while you’re
still out at sea. So when we set up the shock absorber on this mainsail there’s
a bail already on the boom its easy to attach to and it’s in a set up so when
the shock absorber reaches its full extension then the mainsheet will take
over the load. This certainly eases the pressure on the
gooseneck and the sails. This shock absorber is set up on a Swan 53 and it’s
so easy to set up the shock absorber on a Swan because there’s so many winches
and cleats and all kinds of options to attach the bitter end to. Of course
there’s a preventer tied to the other side of the boom. In this situation the
shock absorber is set up as a jib sheet and once it gets to its full extension
then the jib sheet takes over its loading in this light air it’s just nice
to have a running pole, a lightweight running pole, to help hold out the jib so
it doesn’t have such a throw for its movement. The outboard end of the pole is
attached to a sacrificial loop of line that’s tied through the clew of the sail
it also acts like a great hinge point and these light winds for my own use I
just don’t see any sense in going through all the trouble to set up fore and aft guys and topping lifts. It’s just as easy to man handle these running poles and
especially these smaller lighter what I would call whisker poles. In this
situation the jib sheet is doing what it’s supposed to do but shock absorber
is easing the vertical slamming on the sail and here you can see a close-up of
the sacrificial loop of line to which the upward end of the running pole is
attached to, so shock absorbers are a big help to save the sails, save the
gooseneck, save the rigging, and also to ease all that terrible sounding noise. On
the jib of Brick House and this is the clew of the jib and this is where the
leechline used to be. iIt chafed through on this little cleat and we have no more
adjustment, so if my problem is how to get the leechline
out so I can tie a new piece to it and get us back in business again. So I cut
just a tiny hole with a razor blade knife right through here being very
careful not to cut the remainder of the leechline.Then I took this lighter
and singed the threads so nothing would come unraveled. So now I’ll take my
rigging knife and dig out that broken leech line and I’ll have about this much
left to tie a new piece of line to, and get us back in business again. That was easy enough – sometimes you get lucky. On the staysail we had the
same problem of a damaged leech line because of that cleat, but there, there was
enough line exposed at the bottom of the pocket of the leech lines where I
could grab it and pull it down and raise the sail up away from it and then clamp
the leechline with vice grips the jaws of which were wrapped in tape so that I
wouldn’t be biting through and breaking the leechline so that gave me enough
exposed leech line to where I could tie it to a new extension and that was a
much easier process getting us back in business. So I joined this Dyneema to the
old leech line and I left a little extra here because there was a worn section in
here I don’t want to risk tying to a bad area and having that break so I’ll shove
this down it has a bit of stiffness to it and I can feel it coming down if I
run into any snags and I can use a retrieving tool like this to shove up inside and grab the line and
pull it down. But I think this is gonna work out okay. There it is, good
I had a long pair of needlenose pliers I could have also stuck up in there to
help pull it down. I’ll give myself plenty of line to come through… I don’t even
like using this anymore because of that chafe factor. I’m gonna go around it and
just use the eyes since we don’t really adjust the sail that much and I’ll give
myself plenty of line. So I wrapped the new Dyneema extension through the eyes
several times and then tied it off bypassing those terrible sharp jaws of the
adjusting cleat. I don’t want to turn this into a destination YouTube channel
but there’s just so many fun things that we get into I just feel like I need to
show it to somebody… so I have a series of videos here that I’ve strung together
and this shows our new friend Paul who showed us around his island and then
took us for our sail in his dhow. This is the son of my sister …oh the son of your
sister so your ‘nephew’. A cruiser had given Paul a solar panel and a 12 volt battery
AND a single light bulb so he has enough power to also run some simple
electronics. Very cool…look at the little kitten – a little snowball! How many kittens? Are there five? four? ONE? Meow Meow…Only one little baby hah? Better bring you back to your mommy before she misses you too much ha? This roof is made from palm..and the wood is for planking. Oh yeah…. This was the middle of the dry season so
there wasn’t the waterfall that we had hoped for. But does the pig get smart yeah yeah yeah…and learn not to go…maybe he sees trap, and not to go yeah yeah yeah so maybe he see trap he see food but nah.. too dangerous…no
no no no he like some food yeah because you you like some, you
love some Rafia.( a flower seed) And how often do you catch pig? Maybe one or two weeks like this, they come in. Yes, On the first day, you make some seed and the pigs you come in to eat one day.
????///Oh ok… A Frenchman had been living on
this island and went away for a couple of weeks at which time he died but while
he was away a bad storm came along and washed his sailboat way up onto the sandy
beach near the mangroves and it’s been sitting here now for several years. We had a fantastic fish lunch with rice
and mango salad Singing… Thank you Paul for a fantastic day!

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