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Old 04-09-2012, 19:30   #31
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Re: Steering Through Rough Water

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Thanks for the post. So it's all agreed that even while motoring having sail up is better for stability and so forth? even if it's directly ahead or behind you?
Yes. Even if only for the roll dampening that the sail will provide, somewhat countering the roll being "caused" by the keel under the water.

As Troup says if you can motor on a point that keeps the sail full all the better to avoid flogging the sail and provide a positive heel to one side. But even DDW or upwind the main will help if sheeted on hard and flat.

And once again there is no problem with the rolling other than comfort and the main alone won't eliminate all the roll. The effect it has will depend on wave height and period.
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Old 04-09-2012, 20:18   #32
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Maybe some warps or more likely an offset sea anchor might help?

Seriously, though, it's the nature of the beast, the beast being the modern, shallow-bilged production boat geared to club racing and getting seven knots out of 12-15 true wind speed.

There's nothing wrong with that on any level, but achieving stability in higher winds is going to be difficult.

Thank you. I needed to hear that after the day I've had here.

And, yes, I have seen my boat do 7k in 12k true wind speed. I was quite floored by it, but I have to say that it makes for a fun boat.
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Old 04-09-2012, 20:57   #33
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Re: Steering Through Rough Water

ex-calif's advice is sound IMO... Most deliveries under sail I've had have been with full or cutaway forefoot hulls but I've found that keeping your main full and drawing along with your head sail(s) as you enter the wave is more important than anything else.
As 'Zee' mentioned, hitting at about 3/4 off head on and driving the boat through the wave is probably optimal from my experience.
With a following sea, taking it on your quarter is the most comfortable for me. Capt Phil
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