Not technically gales, but I have spent all day (or all night) anchored in some pretty violent winds, coming and going, as a whole string of thunderstorms traveled by, going 'round and 'round as the wind
came from all directions. One of the worst I've ever seen was a slow moving front when we were anchored in Manatee Pocket. The lightning
was continuous for hours, with bursts and lulls, the wind from all directions at various speeds, torrential rain, etc. At one point five tornadoes were reported by NOAA all around us, but we didn't get any direct hits. Again, it wasn't technically a gale I suppose because winds weren't sustained. In a lull I rowed over to a boat that had been dragging all over the place (Bruce anchor), and the owner was sitting in the cockpit
clinging to the tiller, zombie like. He was in some sort of shock, and I couldn't get any response from him, but soon a violent squall hit again and I had to go back to tend to my boat.