I have a I-17. I weight 230 dry and have a hard time getting my capsized boat up.
I know,..don't go over..
Well, this is a technique I witnessed.
A friend, who owns a I-20 (Tom) went sailing with me one afternoon, we took turns. When it was Toms' turn ( 180 lbs wet), he flipped on a downwind jibe, ( we were practicing the Wild Thing, winds 15-18).
This guy is the best cat righter on the island. His technique goes like this.
- after seeing that the I-17 was NOT going to point its bows to the wind (..everytime I get her turned to the wind, by the time I race back to the righting line, she would clock back,..the mast tip wanted to point at the wind, period.)
- once I got out on the daggarboard with the righting line, mast pointed to the wind, up she came. Just go to the opposite side of the dolphin striker and HANG ON,..she doesn't do a 'OVER EASY", just kinda pivots on the hulls and goes into irons.
- that is it, rip the pages out of 'Catamaran Sailor for the 90's'...as to uni rig solo righting....the' St. Croix Tom' technique takes about 30 seconds and away you go!