How can I get my H18 up from a turtle by myself?
I have a plan for a righting pole for the capsize but I capsized my H18 last month for the first time in 3 yrs and it went straight to turtle. I think the wing way up in the air was catching the wind and drove the mast under. I did not seem to have any water in the mast and it came up easy and quickly with two of us once I got the mast to the surface but it was a (censored) getting it up from turtle. Basically we just stood on the underside of the wing and held onto the daggerboard with one hand and leaned out as far as possible and it eventually came up. My under tramp righting lines were too short to be of help in the turtle position. Since it was working but slowly I did not get creative with some line around the daggerboard.
I was wondering if the righting pole could have a rope tied to the end to grab and lean back for bringing it up from turtle? Has anyone tried this?
Hi Chet, my suggestion would be to do a YouTube search for Gary Friesen's "solo right" and use that video as a baseline for what you're looking to achieve. Friesen is credited with inventing this version of the righting pole
and he even sold it commercially for a time. Myself and many others on this forum have successfully built working versions by copying his design (Thanks Gary!!!!!!). Getting out of turtle simply involves technique and having enough line to work the force from your sterns. Good luck.