Originally Posted by CharlieCobra
SkiprJohn, He's of the same mind I am on sailing in Gales or SCA's. If ya plan to go bluewater, ya best get some heavy weather experience before ya go. Of course, up here, SCA's have a nasty habit of turning into Full Gales or even Force 10-12 Storms without warning. However, being in somewhat protected waters, we don't have to deal with ocean swells, just the winds, currents and wind
waves. That makes it a bit safer. Neither one of us would sail out of the strait into the Pacific in a Gale, at least I hope not
Thats another BIG
This is the misconception that moat sailors dont realize about the Puget Sound
. It is impossible to compare what we sail in to the open fetches of true coastal waters say like San Francisco
for instance...when they get a 40 knt blow you had better have your act togather if your out the gate and in the ocean swell...same here if you were to venture out the straight.
But inland we really have very small fetches to worry about we can get 8' to 10' wind waves and Charlie has seen bigger in the straight that I have yet to be initiated into the club with ...but for most part , sub 5' is the norm even in a full gale around my immediate area...That day we were out we only had 3' ...maybe.. an occasional 4 footer but I guarantee you no more and our local transmitter clocked 47 knots and we were out there..most of the crew having a good time and in my case having a BLAST...really, honestly having a blast...
Wind is not what gets you at sea its the waves that get you..after all we tie all manner of crap on top of our cars and drive down the freeway at 70+ right...well if it weren't for the waves 70+ wouldn't scare me on the water
either...All we had up towards the end was a 80 square foot patch of head
sail rolled out... and we were in almost total control...I say almost as with just that we didnt have enough drive from mid ship to tack so we had to gybe and in the narrow bay we were in didnt have enough room to gain much headway before having to jibe again basicly loosing allot of what we gained but running off on a deap reach was a very pleasant and enjoyable ride...If we would have had room I would have wanted more wind just to play in..
...Remember... I had no boom swinging around to worry about.
The only thing I was nervous about was parting the roller furler
line ..if that would have happened we could have gotten in a little trouble..thats why I have on order right now a stay sail set up..as the mast
and deck hardware
is already there ...then I can completely furl the head
sail and not worrie about that.....well.... I have heard they can still blow out on you but personally...ours got rolled up so dang tight I literally had to put a half dozen more wraps on the drum just to get it all furled properly once back at the dock
... so I dont see anything less then hurricane
force winds ripping it open like people say if furled good and tight and then another 3 or 4 turns of the sheets
around it to boot.
Any how you just have to sail here to understand it I guess...Charlie and I are not daredevils....just not sacrdy cats either...
I will be going out when I have the day to go out... not when the weather cooperates...finding willing crew availibal looks to be the challenge at this point...
Your all welcome most any time.