Has there ever been any discussion of amending the class rules to permit turning the aft rail of the stern pulpit into a rope (or wire) gate? Have the ability to temporarily remove the rail would seem to make getting the outboard on and off easier. Jonathan
Great Idea..The Olson is not like other boats that you stand all the way to the stern. I don’t know if the class rules require wire lifelines any more, but that should be changed to synthetic at the same time as ORC/ORR/IRC now allow them. How do you propose to alter your pushpit? The current one doesn’t look like it would stand without major modification/braces.
Synthetic lifelines are specifically allowed in our rules.
Changing over to a pushpit with a gate is not something that I would personally be interested in. We would have to figure out a way to keep the weight equal between versions. I believe this modification was discussed at the 2008 agm, and it failed. If you really want to see it discussed again, draft up an amendment proposal so we can get it distributed before the agm. The discussion could happen here, then have your proxies ready.