No it's not just you. They can't predict the squalls. Motored all night from Key West
, not even a teaspoon of breeze. Didn't even have the sail covers off. Around dawn looked ahead towards some of the blackest sky I could remember. We were just starting to get VHF reception
and heard that a band of severe weather
was heading NE. Turned the boat around to head
S, didn't help. We went from 0 kt to 45 kt gusting to 50 in a matter of minutes. Stuck in that doo doo for 3 hrs.
In the Key West
trip winds were forecast
as easterly 10-15 kt. What we got was 20-30 right on the nose out the south.
Fortunately my boat can handle that but for us on board it was not fun.
Edit: if I had my radar
turned on, I would have seen it much earlier and perhaps avoided it. But it was so dead out there, I figured why waste the power. Mistake on my part. I had the tools and didn't use them. Power consumption
was irrelevant because I was motoring. My bad. But of course I added to my experience level. 🙀
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