Originally Posted by mrohr
Well If by "modern "The OP means high freeboard, low weight ,full sections and a rather flat and full entry, I am inclined to agree that in gale conditions this type of craft be at a disadvantage compared to many traditional craft when going to weather
and manned by the usual mom and pop crew.
It is almost a given that the sea state will be short and steep and brutal. It has been my experience that those with the dingy type hull
form will have a particularly difficult time getting away from our dreaded lee shore. That said, in lighter conditions or downwind, or even marina living ,going modern has a lot of appeal.
There was a thread a while back that got a little silly regarding this lee shore business but I think this topic is worth exploring ;besides it was 102 degrees today here in the Hudson
Valley and I am afraid to go outside to my boat.
I view the high freeboard on my boat as a third, untrimmable sail. I have to take it into consideration any time the wind
is above 15 mph for steerage, esp. in things like docking
. In fact I used it as the power for steering
once when I had no steering
to get my boat out of harm's way and safely into someone's slip (then I called them and confirmed that they were out cruising, and they gladly gave me permission to use their slip under the circumstances).
Turned out that the guy who installed my new rudder
, who is normally very good, forgot to cross the cables
going to the wheel
. It's not that I had no steering but that the boat was steering as if it had a tiller.
I only had a couple of seconds to make a plan, and ignoring the wheel
and using the wind
on the side of the boat worked well. But it can be a challenge in rough, confused water