Originally Posted by boatman61
True...I definitely need more miles under my belt actually sailing.. and less time hove to and down below drinking coffee...
Sad to say I am to old and weak to climb down the stairs to go below.
But when I am on deck
with the sails
up I have noticed that there is not always a direct relationship between wind
speed and wave size, and more importantly wave period. If big waves have a long period and the wind
and wave direction are constant on many points of sail it is trivial to judge how to walk around the boat with out falling.
On the other hand even a fifteen knot
wind out of the North crossing the Gulf Stream
with say five or six foot square waves will often cause someone to have problems walking around a boat.
My objection to your post was the claim that at X wind speed and Y wave height you could not safely move around on a catamaran
. There is a lot more to it than that. Some boats, monohull
, can be very uncomfortable in certain sea states and not others.
As you have posted before you work delivering boats and often don't have the option of altering course, slowing down, or even simply staying in port waiting for better weather
. You have to go out and get somewhere even if it is uncomfortable.
I have no doubt you have spent more time than you liked in uncomfortable conditions while I was sitting in my salon
watching a beautiful sunset. But that does not negate the fact that if you take any boat, monohull
or multihull, out in bad weather
on a course you can not change it will be uncomfortable, something you do for a living and I avoid.
This may be why we disagree about how easy it is to move around on multihulls. If I am in bad weather I reef or lower the main and use a working jib
(or bare poles, but I have only done that twice) to run from the weather instead of beating into it. I also feel very comfortable surfing down waves. Been surfing since I was in junior highschool and drove race
boats in SORC races in following seas.
We just have very different obligations about when and where the boats we are on have to be.