THE DISASTER LIST: HERE WE ARE THE TOP TEN OF THE BREAKAGES ON BOARD
- 2017 July, 27
- Guides and advices
WHAT BREAKS MOST FREQUENTLY ON BOARD? TO UNDERSTAND IT BETTER HERE WE ARE A USEFUL STATISTICS MADE ON THE BREAKAGES SUFFERED BY THE BOATS OF THE LAST ARC
As every year, Yachting World magazine, organizer of the ARC (3,000 miles from the Canaries to Saint Lucia), published the study on the breakages occurred during the Atlantic race open to cruise ships. These are useful stats because they allow you to draw up a sort of classification of what is easier to break on board.
EASY TO BREAK: AND THE WINNER IS...
Let's start with a very important fact: of the 290 boats at the starting line (249 motorboats, 41 habitable multihulls), 167 had damages on board. 57.6%, expressed as a percentage. This means that when we have to handle long sea voyages, we must bear in mind that the probability of facing a problem is very high. That's why we must be armed: we need a well stocked tool box, spare parts and boating equipments of the highest quality.
|Breakages Types||Number of breakages / total percentage (354)|
|Rigging, running rigging, deck fittings||76 / 21,4%|
|Sailboat mast, boom, spinnaker pole, bowsprit, furler||54 / 15,2%|
|Watermaker, pipings||26 / 7,3%|
|Power supply generator||21 / 6%|
|Marine electronics||20 / 5,6%|
|Ship autopilot||18 / 5,1%|
|Batteries||17 / 4,8%|
|Steering and propellers||13 / 3,7%|
|Engine||12 / 3,4%|
MIND THE SAILS
Above you can take a look at our table compiled on the data provided by Yachting World: the number of sails breakages (97/ 354 totals recorded at ARC) is far superior to anything else. This must make us all reflect. We must always control our boat in the smallest detail before sailing , from the reef points of the mainsail to the entrance of the battens, from the head board to the head to the joint at the base, from the jib luff to the spinnaker clew .
Try to bring with you a good sail repair tape, repair equipment, and so on. Immediately behind in the "disaster list", breakages in running rigging, rigging, and deck fittings. Once againg, Again in this case don't get caught unprepared with spare parts and ropes worthy of the name. And to follow, watermakers, generators, electronics, and so on.
Credit: Yachting World