So I was introduced to the bosun's chair this period of day's off. It is a chair with padding to allow work to be performed aloft of high up the mast. My friends Billy and Tammy of S/V Ruby Begonia needed the spreader boots re-attached and a flag pulley attached to the spreader. So we hoisted Billy up, cleated the halyard off, and let him perform his work. On the way down the bosun chairs rigging grabbed him under his ribcage and took his breath away, he quickly recovered.
S/V Ruby Begonia - Billy
S/V Our Way Too needed to replace their steaming light with and LED and remove some plastic shroud covering that was causing corrosion. So First Mate Katie was using her foot to operate the self tailing winch unlike three of us hoisting Billy up.....
S/V Our Way Too - Dean
Wiki states that instead of high ranking officers climbing aboard ship they were hoisted with a Boatswain's chair and since they were usaully heavier with the higher rank and required more sideboys to lift them.
In conclusion having an electric self tailing winch is awesome! I want a flag pulley too, but I'm still shy of heights.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Lessons: I think next time I will go ask, if I see someone in the water if they are ok. I will definitely learn how to use any other safety features I see, before the need arises. The old saying 'be careful out there' is pointing at me.........ouch! Key fob still good and opening my car doors, but not my expensive iPhone; has technology gone backwards? Oh yeah, that's the bottom part of my thigh.