I have an AI now and am probably going to get a TI in the future so the extra clip on tether (or whatever its called) to prevent the ama from a total collapse seems like a great idea - one that I will do.
From the capsizes I have heard about, the TI capsize seems to be more from an ama collapsing and the AI capsize is just flipping the whole boat - amas all still intact.. An ama collapse might be easier to deal with since you may have slightly more time to keep the mast from sinking.
It sounded like people have done self recovery with the TI with one of the Amas collapsed - but I couldn’t tell for sure.
About turtleing my AI upside down, I am prepared for that I will NOT be able to right it up in conditions when it will happen
One comment (quote above) looks like if you have an AI and it gets turtled, sounds like self rescue might be very difficult. Has anyone been able to self rescue an AI from after turtled? As someone else said, when you capsize, its usually in high winds where doing anything at all can be difficult.
Also, I know on my dingy (C15) that if the mast doesn’t sink, the self rescue is fairly easy. If the mast sinks, you will almost for sure need help. Since I sail the AI alone (but generally on inland lakes where there are at least power boats around), which I completely enjoy and sometimes it involves windier conditions, I might think a little about keeping the mast tip from sinking. I would guess that it doesn’t take much floatation at all - maybe even 5 pounds of water displacement. It would create a bulge at the top of the sail when rolled up which wouldn’t be good.. but it seems to me that it would not take much floatation at all.. the picture below has a yellow line drawn in where some sort of floatation strip could be sewn on. ???