Awesome Sailing Maneuver (Video)

OMG — By Dave on 2011/09/15 9:10 PM

Awesome Sailing Maneuver

David Parrott, the captain of Alden 58 Aratinga sailing boat puts 80 foot of mast under a bridge on the Intracoastal Waterway. Quite an accomplishment, given that the fixed bridge heights on the ICW are all around 65 feet.

David ingeniously rigged up a way of tilting his boat over so that she “slides” under the bridges, healed up on an angle. He has two one-ton (yes, 1 ton) thick rubber bags of water hanging midway up his mast. His boat has a slight tilt to starboard anyways and when he wants to tilt Aratinga over to pass under a bridge, he lets the line out on these bags of water so they hang over the side and that increases his starboard list.


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  • Rrauck

    I am needing something similar for an Oyster 54′ sloop this coming month.  Does anyone know where to have these bags made or bought?  Thanks, Richard Rauck

  • Antonio Fernandes

    Hi there sailor friend,
    You may get your bags together with a salvage co.
    Wish you good luck.

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