Good intentions, but bad implementation...
1) Read Adlard Cole, just to say you did if nothing else.
2) Practicing on the inside in SF Pond is not really gonna gain much. Too many reflections and dangerous. And you could have done a lot of damage to your boat and more importantly others @#$S&(DA&. You would't be heaving or running so close to shore in most cases. Its not the winds its the seas.
Justifying by saying it caught gear that needed work?? You should be able to find anything that is questionable or in need without having to go out in extreme weather if you open your eyes and inspect. There is also nothing to say things might have given way in a light breeze just as easily.
3) Practicing in a stiff breeze on the outside is better as you'll get more consistent wave action and in a smaller wind
allow you to make adjustments to your gear, practice more. Just don't practice in the potato patch etc.
Question: what's your philosophy on when practice becomes dangerous?
Answer: when it's unnecessary.
Heavy (and brand new) mainsail
with a deep third reef
with 300' of rode
4" snatch block to rig a Pardee bridle
6 man offshore liferaft
I'd get 2-4 EPIRBs - one for ship, one for life raft, one for each person
Whats in your ditch bag?
How many GPS's do you have?
How many VHF's do you have?
3rd reef in main - didnt say what your sailcloth weight is. Didn't mention if you had a backup main? I thought for my next boat I would have very heavy sailcloth in the 3rd reef only, but now have thoughts this will destroy shape. Thing is, your main should be prepared for light winds in the trade
, but storm sails
should be 10 or more ounce. So your boat may sail like crapola in light winds. You could pick up a second hand trisail. You don't necessarily have to have a separate track, just means it wont be at the ready - but you can just run it up early. Did you look into that? 100:1 the one you buy is probably cheap
and new since they aren't used and everyone has one they never use.
- not sure your boat design is gonna heave to or handle that kind of technique. Pardey
works well in traditional. You'll have to report back your results as I'd like to know how well it works for you.
Robinson - for a drogue
?? one word - dumb. go for a Series, or a simple cone (which surprisingly is one of the best). I'd still carry a couple of lines to use as a warp etc. But really, anything will serve you well. Even an old tire or hose with an anchor
. Mind you not as well as a design, but its something.
I'd spend more time on skill sets - learning
how to jury rig, being better @ marlinspike, dealing with weather, and emergency navigation
Hows your sextant
work? gotta backup?
Truth is only 1% of your weather will most likely be rough and tough.