When pulling your sailboat out of the water, remember the first rule. Watch out for your surroundings. Most of us are not used to driving around with something behind us that is tall enough to reach any power lines, the unawareness of which leads to unfortunate accidents. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, make sure you explore your surroundings before pulling your boat out of the water. When you hit an electrical line (or even just come close enough for the current to arc against the standing rigging) not only is it a dangerous situation but it could cost a lot of money in repairs and might put a halt to your sailing season.
Strictly Sail recently visited Monroe Lake, Indiana for a mast replacement. The power line accident happened last fall. While the rigging of the new mast only took one day, the time for insurance debacles, getting a brand new mast, and various other logistic events are included, it took about nine months to finally get the finished product delivered and installed on the boat at Lake Monroe Sailing Association. We were glad to help get this customer back out on the water and hopefully the boat sees some sailing this fall during our windy season.
If you haven’t been to Lake Monroe before it is a very large and beautiful place to sail. The Lake Monroe Sailing Association is very active with many social and racing events throughout the year. They have a facility manager, Rita who is very friendly and keeps the property very clean and its nice to have someone around to look after everyone’s boats.
So remember, keep an eye out for power lines, and if you do find yourself in a similar situation we can always help you out.