If you ask yourself should I reef, its too late...
Never fight a storm, run with it, lifes much nicer
A squall line can be moving incredibly fast you see it miles away and the next minute it hits you. Any sail up , even reefed is too much.
On over nights one of my crew will sleep in the cockpit
actually a.very comfy spot and easy to wake them if theres a problem.
We always keep a ditch bag very nearby.
Sh#t happens, its how you react to it that counts...
Dont keep a dinghy
in The davits
in rough seas.
Have some kind of drogue
ready to slow u down if its going to be really bad.
Surfing at high speeds while fun can create alot of water pressure against rudder
tubes and shaft seals
, even dripless, check your bilges frequently and ensure pumps are handling any water ingress. Or have a high level alarm
that will tell you if theres an issue.
Never drink offshore
, even a beer
can make you really tired...