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'November Tip of the month'

Buckets

A skill that appears very simple but can cause real problems is collecting a bucket of sea water whilst under way.

 

The first step is to ensure the bucket is firmly tied to the boat with a long lanyard.

Then is should be swung forwards in an arc that will ensure it lands upside down, as the boat catches up with the bucket is should have filled, and be ready to be retrieved.

Whatever happens, the bucket must be removed from the water as is passes the person handling the painter. If it is not, they will be towed very rapidly down the deck, causing injury or at the least damaging the bucket.

Like most sailing skills this is one that is best practised when the boat is stationary or moving slowly first.

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