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Old 02-10-2014, 08:26   #31
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Re: What conditions gives experienced sailors pause ?

I pause when I'm low on rum. (That counts, right??) Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. If in doubt, don't go.

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Old 02-10-2014, 23:57   #32
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Re: What conditions gives experienced sailors pause ?

There is also this: do not overestimate the strength of the Catalina 30. Peters Wet may be stronger than his boat.


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Re: What conditions gives experienced sailors pause ?

I'm normally more concerned about the waves than the wind. I can ref for the wind and the only normal result is the noise in my ears. But I cannot do anything the waves! But it isn't just the size of them, it is the direction compared to where I want to go and period between the waves.

I'm been in conditions where 4 feet waves sucked because they were confused and choppy

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Re: What conditions gives experienced sailors pause ?

One other thought: if it is a new-to-new used boat that came with a diesel fuel of unknown age, and you haven't checked out the fuel carefully, it's possibly that going out for the first time in bumpy weather might stir up crud and perhaps make the engine option less dependable. That could be bad if you decide you need the engine. Inspection and perhaps fuel polishing just might be a good remedy.

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