Preview: Learning from Experience; My Biggest Disaster and What it Taught Me.

Professional disasters at Two Daughters Boatworks have been blessedly minor and far between, at least on the craftsmanship side of the ledger. I fear there was a long serial disaster on the business administration side of the shop while I figured out how to price projects and protect myelf from client whim, my own ignorance, and complicated first time builds. The comfort of having finally developed a system that is fair to me and to the client as well (it only took a dozen years!) gives me a bit of time to muse upon my greatest nautical disasters.

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    GEORGE Ireland says:

    I religiously watched all of the 42 videos in two days. I loved every minute of it .Whatamarvelous instructor you are. How fortunate off-center Harbor is to have you. And how fortunate I am to know about off-center Harbor. Thank you both

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    Charles Zimmermann says:

    Another lesson perhaps is the following: Do not assume that the companies that manufacture mass-production boats have included safety features, such as a watertight mast, that are needed to ensure your safety. You probably need to modify something or bring something that the manufacturer did not tell you about.

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    Ben Fuller says:

    I vaguely recall doing this with a Tornado off Hawaii, where the water was warm. We swam in, undid the halyard, and pulled the sail up until we got to the halyard shackle, then attached a float cushion or may be used a PFD ( bad idea) and hoisted it to the top ( bottom of the mast). No righting lines but two on a hull got us up then jib power to get back ashore in due humility.

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    David Tew says:

    Thanks, Geoff. I’ve got to start taking all those lessons to heart. I’ve been ‘lucky’ way beyond when I should have had a comeuppance.