sailing directions

never realized Bob Seger was singing about being “in irons”.


4 Responses to “sailing directions”

  1. 1 Clyde Osterhout March 7, 2023 at 12:28 pm

    Not really connected to your post, but getting aSunfish out of irons is a real pain! Any suggestions?


    • 2 my2fish March 7, 2023 at 9:28 pm

      I usually just play the rudder back and forth a lot, and sometimes try to hold the sail with my hand on one side to catch the wind.


    • 3 James West March 8, 2023 at 8:27 am

      Example, if I want to point the sailboat to port while in irons, I push the sail by hand to starboard, which will begin to move the boat in reverse. At the same time, I pull the tiller to port, so that the rudder steers the back of the boat towards starboard. As the front of the boat moves further to port, allow the sail to cross over to Port as well. At some point, you can then begin to pull in the sail by the mainsheet, straighten out your rudder and start moving forward on a close reach.

      This can be especially challenging if you are very close to shore and don’t have room to ”back up” before moving forward again. In that case, simply reach over the side of the boat and start paddling on one side so that the boat turns in the direction you want to go.

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