Originally Posted by GreggL
Been getting a lot of conflicting info on the best way to steer a sailboat through rough water; some say 45 degrees and some say head on is best.
My current boat is a hunter 33 and has a solid auxiliary which i usually run during times of chop.
What's the best way to go about this? Speed & angle-wise?
Test it and see. My Hunter 31' does better kind of splitting the difference between head on and 45 degrees. Nothing beats knowing your boat.
If the water is shallow my advice is to turn around and get to deeper water. The rudder
is very exposed, and big waves close to shallow water can suck the water out from under the bottom of your boat. If the stern drops more than the bow, the rudder
is vulerable. Guss how I know.