To the bitter end
Stories are often told of unfortunate boaters who, after deploying their anchor, watch the entire rode (rope or chain which attaches the anchor to the boat) spool off the boat and disappear into the water. By failing to attach the “bitter end” of the rode to the boat, they have now lost an important and expensive piece of gear. We would never make so foolish an error, would we? Well, when it comes to our anchors, the answer is no. We are pretty careful about that and I can guarantee that the rode on both our primary and secondary anchors is well secured.
On the stern (back) rail of our boat we have a safety device that is carried by many vessels, a LifeSling. As the velcro which holds its case closed has worn quite a bit, Rebecca took the unit down to see if she could repair it.
Rebecca hamming it up for the camera while shaving her legs. 🙂
You can see the LifeSling in its case in the top right of the photo.
This sparked a conversation of how our LifeSling’s bitter end was attached to the boat, or was it? Um, no, it wasn’t. I guess that was one detail that we missed when re-rigging the boat this season. Good thing we found that out now and not at some time when we needed to deploy the LifeSling!