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 Post subject: Getting back on a Bravo
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:57 pm 
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I had the misfortune of flipping my bravo. After some work to get it
righted, I couldn't get back on. The top of the pontoon rides so high out of the water and is so wide that my arms aren't long enough to reach over it to grab onto anything that will let me climb back on board. Luckily a PWCer took pity on me and let me climb on the back of his PWC to give me an access to the Bravo.

I would appreciate any suggestions in case I flip over again.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:59 pm 
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My wife has a bravo and is 5'0". After righting the boat she goes between the hulls in front on the mast and climbs aboard using the leaverage between the hulls holding onto the mast supports. :P


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 Post subject: Bravo
PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 9:21 am 
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I think climbing in over the transon is the lowest point.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 12:15 pm 
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A problem with climbing over the transum is the boat tries to sail with the weight in the back making it more difficult to get on. When you get on between the hulls in the front, your drag helps the boat to round up. :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:05 pm 
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When I dumped mine, I came back on over the side, near the rear, no problem.

Like I said in another post, there were fairly heavy seas, so maybe a wave gave me a boost (or adrenaline - LOL).


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:24 pm 
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Wife and I were on, and I ended up flipping off the back during a jibe. I grabbed the rear handle and simply pulled myself on. I was back on, as fast as i was off.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:13 pm 
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BTW - getting on the lower hull is easy if you use the righting lines, that run under the boat...

You just have to grab the bottom one that's attached, not the loose one on the bungee...


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 Post subject: Bow, Beam or Transom?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:19 pm 
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I actually put my Bravo in my pool to discover the best route ... for me. I managed with extraordinary effort (in ideal circumstances) to climb up over the side just once. The second time I tried, I could not replicate it. Directly over the transom might work with the tiller and rudder in place, but without it I could not manage. I was successful from between the hulls forward, pulling myself up on the A-frame and wedging my leg over the hull. With my left leg over the hull and my left hand on the A-frame, I could push down on the right hull and shove myself up on to the left. The stern was out of the water but the vessel was still stable. Astride the starboard hull I very carefully got my feet under me and rose to a kneeling position. Then I carefully walked back past the A-frame. Presence of the sail and boom might complicate this, but I tried to keep their likely positions in mind. And most important, I was able to do this maneuver over and over again without getting terribly winded.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 9:22 pm 
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Well, I was a couple miles out in the Atlantic, with 3-5 foot seas...

Maybe adrenaline played a part in my being able to get her back up quickly...

Also, I've righted 14's & 16's many times...

One time, we were sailing in the Gulf of Mexico, off Florida, near sunset, with a west wind, and went over. The girl I had on board was too light, so, as the sun was setting, and we were heading to Texas, I finally convinced her to sit on my shoulders, and we got it up... the boat too - LOL.


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