Figure 6-4.--Properly secured lifeboat.
2. Determine the length required for the painter to
reach from the lifeboat to where it will be fastened to the
3. Tie an overhand knot in the painter line at the
point determined above and immediately on the inside
of the container next to the cork. (See fig. 6-5.)
Figure 6-3.--15-degree lip on cradle.
The bitter end is passed through the thimble of the wire-
rope harness, then back through the shackle five turns,
and secured with a clove hitch and two half hitches. In
an emergency, if the gear fails to work as designed, the
nylon cord can be cut easily with a knife. Figure 6-4
shows a properly secured lifeboat.
The painter line for automatic launching of
encapsulated lifeboats is 100 feet long and is faked
inside the container to actuate the air inflation bottles. If
you are directed to secure the painter line to the ship, use
the following five-step procedure:
1. Remove the painter cork from the lifeboat
Figure 6-5.--Container grommet (Mk 5 Mod 2 and Mk 6).