Originally Posted by jwcolby54
Mark, give me a break. My thesis is simple, some boats are more able to stand up than others. Your's appears to be "don't be out there in weather".
This weather happened. Weather happens all over the world. We don't get to pick and choose never to experience something like this. What kind of boats it happened to is irrelevant. What is relevant is that this weather happened. It could have been your boat, it could have been any boat. This thing looked like a squall. And then a 100 mph gust happened. According to the reports there were 10 foot waves immediately during that experiences.
I have never said, nor do I believe that sailing the Bahamas is the same as sailing the north Atlantic or the horn of Africa
But ANY BOAT of our size could have been knocked flat by this. What happens next? THAT IS THE POINT.
What happens next? Does the boat right itself? Some will some won't. Will it roll right over ant point the keel to the moon??? Some will and some wont.
Let's call a halt to this entire conversation eh? I think it is old and tired.
I think you know way more than I about this subject. But I also believe that some boats will and some won't. You seem to want me to believe this will never happen if I "pick my season" so not worry about it.
I got that you want me to learn to sail and "stay out of the way of weather". I got it.
Thanks! Can we talk about old cars crashing now?
Excuse me if I prefer to forgo the car safety
You started this discussion pleased with the knowledge that the right boat would give an edge when faced with adverse weather conditions. I am sure that you continue to feel that way. I am also sure that you will not and have heard any valid arguments against your hypothesis.
My boat has never been touted as anything but a coastal cruiser. I have 9000 lbs of lead in my keel that can and has righted my boat after being heeled by a strong gust. It is my standard procedure that I dump wind from my sails
and point up while deciding what to do next.
I have been sailing quite comfortably after such an event while listening to reports of vessels overturned in the same area. My boats size and weight makes a big difference.
There are many boats, large and small, that are well thought of in the racing
world that are considered tender
. They run with the lee rail in the water
and are ranked highly as blue water boats. They will be the first to broach and the first to recover.
Most cruisers that I know need/want a wider beamed boat. Most boaters that I know don't cruise
Where ever you are in sailboat issue, I am sure there is one with a shapely stern that can catch your eye, turn your head
, melt your heart and empty your wallet. It might even protect you.
Ashley's Light has looked after me on many an occasion.
Looking for another pretty place to work on the boat.