Originally Posted by Cormorant
I'm curious if you ever had any close calls with capsizing, or just being caught out in very bad weather.
And did you have any weather forecasting method along with you? Are there any VHF
weather forecasts that far south? SSB
receiver? Satellite phone
Really it was only one case when we had been caught buy "bad" weather.
It was on back way when we crossed Nassau
Bay from Wollaston to Lenox.
Last hour near Lenox wasn't comfortable
We sailed downwind with quite big(for us) waves and wind
about 20-25 knots. We tugged inflatable kayak
behind. One time it was flipped, but after couple seconds flipped again on the right position.
At that time both our rudders was after repairing and shorted on 20 cm.
I am all times afraid to lost
control of boat on the top of waves.
I think that only one thing escaped us. Based of experience after sailing in British Columbia
- Canada - 2008 on inflatable catamarans Ducky-19
and preparing to Greenland
- Greenland-2011 on Ducky-19
I've implemented synchronization between rudders end engine
directions - Google Translate
It was very helpful for slalom between ice blocks on low speed.
We used running engine
and it worked as third rudder
That was only one quite dangerous case.
I have one rope
reefing system, furling
system from Bartels with possibility to change jib
on sailing time - Bartels: >> C1 + C2 - Systems
and everything worked perfect/
We had VHF radio
and got weather forecast
from Armada. We had SSB radio
- but all our tryings to get meteo faxes from Chile
. We had Garmin
76CSX with that support barometer presure plot for 48 hours.