I’m still on the sailing thing. There’s so much I learned that my brain wanted to explode during the class and I’m slowly mulling it over now as I have more time.
As many of you know, I grew up in Colorado, a land locked state. There are reservoirs, of course, and I sailed a tiny bit when I was young because my parent’s boss owned a sail boat. But the water there had fewer aspects to keep in mind while handling the boat and I never realized it.
For instance, tides. On a lake, you don’t have to worry about tides quite like you do on the ocean or a waterway connected to the ocean.
We learned sailing in the Charleston Bay, where there can be a 6-7ft—or more—rise and fall in the water level. When you have a boat with a 5.5 foot hull below the water, that 6-7ft is a huge factor. You don’t want to anchor for a night only to find the tide went out and you’re now sitting on sand.
Or, when you anchor out, the boat will swing in a circle around the anchor as the tide goes out and then comes back in. (Depending on your anchor style). You see, to actually hold the boat, you play out a 5:1 or 7:1 length of chain or rope respectively. (The 1 you’re calculating with is a combination of the boat’s freeboard—how much hull you have above the water—and the depth from the waterline down to the bottom.) So, if you have 20ft between the freeboard and water depth, you’re looking at playing out over 100ft of chain. That’s a lot of swing. If you’re too close to the shore or too close to shallow water, again, you’ll find yourself on sand instead of floating.
It’s crazy but cool in my brain. Sailing is a whole ‘nother world to me! And it’s kind of cool to go to sleep facing upriver and then wake up and realize you’re now facing downriver.
Anyways, thanks for listening to my ramblings while my brain processes stuff.