Originally Posted by Exile
Just watched Ken's video again on my big screen
-- outstanding! Gave it a thumbs up and put it into my youTube fav file.
Seemed like the wind & boat speed instruments over the companionway weren't working properly, but it certainly looked like the boat was carrying good speed through the water, especially with so little sail up. In hindsight, do you think it would have been preferable to fly the staysail only on that point of sail, assuming the furling gear
had been OK? How'd the helm
feel with that much wind and just some mainsail
up? Didn't look you were struggling.
Our hull speed
is 9 knots and we were making a steady 7.5-8 knots as I recall
, so no need for any more or less sail. The ride was comfortable, not unpleasant, probably just about the right amount of heel. If the staysail furling line was 100% operational and not missing a very key 1 foot of cover where it passes through a block, we probably would have just flown the staysail, but... using only the less than 25% main worked out just fine, the helm was well balanced. Heading into the wind our boat definitely requires the jib
, but on that point of sail, we were fine. The cockpit
instruments are working well except for the knot
meter which I never clean. We use GPS
for speed. Our wind speed indicator is very accurate, I've compared it to my hand held many times.
If I was able to do this over again, the one thing I would have changed is the clothing
I was wearing.... I was freezing after 8 hours in the wet hoody.
Next time... I'll wear my light weight wetsuit.