Barry's Blog # 74 - Padeyes & Pinara

"You like going into small holes don't you."

Squeezing into small spaces again!

Aannsha doesn't even realise she's doing some of her double entendra's anymore! That was her response to me sighing heavily at the idea of emptying out another locker and once again crawling inside the hull of A B Sea to secure the new safety equipment we were installing into the cockpit.

As a crew of two we have to take safety onboard very seriously and our worst case scenario is if one of us goes overboard. Even in light weather conditions it would be very bad. Our RYA training taught us the man overboard procedures. But the main problem with it, for a crew of two, is that the procedure calls for one person to keep an eye on the person in the water and to be continuously pointing at them. So who's going to start the engine, put the sails away and turn the boat around for the rescue manoeuvre?

The plan is to stay out of the water

During our passage from Spain to Turkey there were a few times when the wind was blowing really hard and we had to secure ourselves in the cockpit with our safety harnesses. That was when we noticed there were no dedicated harness attachment points. That had to be remedied.

A trip to the hardware store in Kaş town did not deliver what I was looking for, so I wandered off to the chandlery at Kaş marina. They did have in stock several different sized stainless steel padeyes but none of them looked chunky enough for my liking. A quick shuffle through the pages of the chandlery catalogue and I spotted one I liked the look of. I generally tend to over engineer jobs like this, after all you don't want to be saving a few dollars on something that's meant to save your life. With four padeyes placed on order, along with a few other items on my shopping list, I was informed that they'd all be ready for pick up later in the week.

Preparation is key

Fun fact: Yachties refer to chandlery catalogues as boat porn!

There's always one

Time passed, the parts arrived and the job was on. I'd sourced four stainless steel backing plates from a local steel business and had holes pre-drilled. A warm sunny day was chosen because it's no fun working outside in the rain and getting everything that was in the lockers soaking wet.

The individual padeyes were getting installed at both helm positions and both cockpit seating positions and access to the backing plates to tighten the self locking nuts was via four lockers. Three of the lockers provided easy access with only minimal contents removal needed, but there's always one isn't there.