Sun set on the second day of a three day cruise found HideAway rafted with SV Miandros in the usual fashion. Both crew and guests occupied with sun-downers and dinner.
The capt commented that a boat was passing to starboard uncomfortably close to the raft. Then realized it was HideAway sans her crew! Her bow line dragging as she pivoted on her stern line blown by the strong winds. The line held leaving HideAway stern to Miandros. WHEW!
|SV HideAway- Stern To|
Always Double Check Your Lines!
No Matter Who Attached Them!
As HideAway’s capt I take full blame for the incident. I had forgotten one of the major rules of raft up. Due to the difference in size of the boats the bow line was attached to a stanchion. This arrangement worked well the night before anchored in the Gulf of Mexico, but was not adequate the higher winds we were experiencing.
Had the stern line not held, HideAway likely would have run aground a few hundred yards in the general direction of rocky rip rap.
SMALL BOATS ROCK!