Lessons learned

Yachting Monthly - - LEARNING CURVE -

Learn­ing from the shake­down, we made changes to the boat. We added a wind gen­er­a­tor to sup­ple­ment so­lar pan­els, a deep third reef in the main­sail so as not to have to rig the try­sail, in­creased an­chor chain to 50m, made storm boards for the com­pan­ion­way and made nu­mer­ous mi­nor changes. We found a so­lu­tion for rig­ging a storm jib on a tem­po­rary 'in­ner stay' (May 17) and learned how long wa­ter and diesel could last.

Al­though eas­ier to use than high­fre­quency SSB ra­dio, get­ting the sat­phone set up was tricky and we were glad to have this sorted be­fore our de­par­ture.

We would ad­vise any­one sail­ing to a dis­as­ter area to check in ad­vance what is most needed. Some do­na­tions weren't needed, while some needs went un­ful­filled.

Had we con­sid­ered the steer­ing hub as the cause (we hadn't), and had the steer­ing jammed com­pletely, we could have dis­con­nected the ca­bles and steered with the emer­gency tiller.

We never dreamed there could be an elec­trol­y­sis prob­lem as we didn't know it could hap­pen and the light worked. The dam­age was barely vis­i­ble un­til we stepped off the boat but had we sailed for longer, the rig­ging could have been se­ri­ously weak­ened. We should also have read our re­vised in­sur­ance de­tails more care­fully.

We will never again ig­nore ad­vice, not just over chaf­ing lines.

A tem­po­rary re­pair to a dam­aged nav light sent 12v through the star­board life­lines, which had a star­tling, though su­per­fi­cial, ef­fect on our stain­less steel

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