Thursday, August 13, 2009

Liberty Schooner In Greenport

3 comments:

jeannette stgermain said...

Waauw, all those ropes! What would happen if these get tangled up? Does that happen sometimes? I'm not making fun of it, it's a real question :)

matthew houskeeper said...

Jeannette,
Just like cables on a suspension bridge, every line has a place and should be kept taut. On a sailing vessel however the lines can be moved. Sometimes they get crossed.
A bigger problem is if one of them comes loose. About 6 years ago a halyard on my old boat came lose. I must have not secured it properly.
The rocking of the boat and the wind wrapped it all around the mast and other lines. There were two solutions; climb the mast or take down the mast.
Not always, but sometimes when you see someone up a mast, they are trying to free up this type of problem.

bowsprite said...

those ropes get tangled, and sometimes crew get tangled in them! one very respected captain stood on a tangle when the rope was pulled from under him, and he went flying over the side of the boat just as another boat was coming in to tie up next to us. He popped back on SO fast it almost seemed like he never fell in. The pool of water that formed as he dripped was the only thing that told us it really did happen.