Well, the inevitable finally happened. I flipped my boat!
I had intended on practicing righting/re-entry maneuvers when the weather was warmer, but never did (was always having too much fun).
Both air & water were about 55F, wind 15-20 and I thought it was a good day to try out my newly purchased dry suit, a 2 pc. Kokotat.
I was having a blast, as when you're not worried about getting wet, the boat handles pretty good upwind. I dropped sail and rowed under a bridge, but raised it again after the clearing the wind shadow. The wind was coming straight down the next river giving the waves more fetch, which were probably now about 1.'5 - 2'. It started to rain, but I thought "What do I care? I'm in a dry suit!"
After my 4th tack up-river, I decided I had had enough and decided on a controlled jibe, setting me up for downwind and then my reach toward the bridge. I had jibed the boat many times this summer in similar conditions and was confident. I pulled the sail in close, jibed, and as I was allowing the sheet to run out (most critical part of the maneuver on this boat) it got wrapped around my foot and over I went!
The boat stayed at 90 degrees to the water until I was able to right her. I stepped gently on the daggerboard, held on to the rail and she came up very easily. I dropped the sail (Lug Rigged) and began pumping water out of the boat, but her rails were riding flush with the surface of the water and she shipped more water as fast as I could bail.
Climbing into the boat from the bow provided enough stability to re-enter without flipping her over again. I quickly placed myself in the center of the boat and let the wind blow us to a clear beach, guiding her with a canoe paddle. Once I got the water out, I got back in her and sailed home.
1. I must be more tidy with the lines
2. 2-piece dry suit aren't dry when submerged
3. I have to add more flotation.
I installed the foam under the seats as recommended and it works. The boat did not sink. I would like to add more to allow some freeboard until I pump her out, enough for when I am carrying a load. I am considering the inflatable kayak type sacs lashed in the fore and aft sections under some bunjy mesh. I understand a mod is in the works for flotation tanks for the NE Dory, but until then . . . any better ideas?
Also, I noticed a crack about half way up my mast when I got home. I was thinking about opening the crack up a bit with my Japanese saw, stuff it with thickened epoxy and clamp it. Maybe even wrap some glass around it. Is this likely to work, or will I have to make a new mast . . .again, any better ideas?
Here's a link to a YouTube movie; shows you all what I'm working with: