Here's a video in use....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCbihZsXESg
note, however, how he's got his righting line seemingly 'pre-tied' to the stern of the hull in the air...
note also, how as he brings the boat up, he goes hand over hand, pulling, reeling the righting line in as the boat comes up... it's not just a "lean back and hang on".
note also, how his body goes well into the water as the boat comes up.
and finally, how his mast is sealed so the boat doesn't turtle.
I made mind from an old 6 foot oar.
I have three 'lines':
- the line that supports the soloright pole
- the righting line I balance with and pull on to right the boat
- the third "line" is actually 2 lines... each is 1 short line tied around the front hull/crossbar intersection. They also have a little block hanging from them.
The SoloRight line:
- when in use, the support line clips to the front UPPER (as the boat lies on its side) corner lines, and the back UPPER tramp line at the corner.
- the support line runs from the front upper corner, down under the soloright, and up to the rear corner. put a snap clip or something on each end of the support line
- when not in use, leave it clipped where you can, roll the rest up, and shove the pole between front tramp lacing, and clip the rear to the rear laces
The righting line:
- each end is tied to the rear holes where the back tramp lacing starts.
- the line runs under the tramp, forward along the inner edge of the hull, to front corner line... through the block, and back to a small carabiner clipped at the center at the rear of the tramp... and back up to the other side of the boat's front corner line, through that little block, and back along the inner edge of the other hull, to tie off at the other side back tramp line start...
- to use, take the righting line out of the little carabiner, the line can extend, (you really don't need the blocks) and you use it to balance while walking out on the SoloRight, then when in position, it's your pulling hand over hand line...
When the boat is up and you're on it, somehow secure the soloright and reclip the righting line (I haven't worked this out to be so graceful yet)
So, check the video, read this... and that's what I've got going.
I'm 5'8" 160 and I need a 7 foot SoloRight. The 6 foot oar wasn't enough, but my testing was in very light wind w/o the wind under the sails (it was shallow water too (5 or 6 feet), and the mast top was in the mud, hard to turn the boat). A 6 foot oar in wind may have worked.
Lastly... I'm going to make a new one in a few weeks.
1" square alu tubing from Lowes, reenforced with a 1" 90deg angle alu section using alu rivets. If I can find expanding foam that doesn't hold water I may fill the tube with it... then put the neoprene trapeze rail stuff on the top, and a pad eye or two to guide the support line and a 1" alu "cap" w/neoprene on the end so it doesn't jam into the bottom of the hull while in use... some sort of small 'fin' to insert about 3/4 or an inch into the dagger trunk. Will prob just glass some 1/4" plywood for this... The current oar cracks and is rotting... the alu won't crack or rot, but it will SINK if I lose it... (hence the float foam..)
Good luck... hope that makes some sense.