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Old 11-08-2011, 20:37   #16
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Re: Will She Tip Over ?

If you tip it over it will come back up. It will have more water in it but it will come back up.
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Old 12-08-2011, 18:23   #17
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PFD?

I'd suggest wearing an offshore PFD at all times of heightened risk, and that includes any time the boat may heel significantly.

Could make your wife and yourself feel more secure.
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Re: Will She Tip Over ?

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My wife and I are new to sailing, bought an American 22 that is 3300# and has 900# of ballast in a walk in keel. 225 sg. ft of sail area. The wife really hates heeling, we are only out in 15kts or less wind. Could the boat actually capsize if make a mistake?
P.S. Can't afford a cat just yet.
Next time go out with a reef in the main if it is breezy and let her take the tiller. If she has a job to do she won't be thinking about heeling and may learn to enjoy the experience of being in control.
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Re: Will She Tip Over ?

Smaller boats that are a little tender are okay. They help you learn quicker. You learn how your weight and sail trim affects the balance, speed and efficiency of the boat. You may want to bring out someone who is really good or hire an instructor to show you all the methods and techniques. Start out in light airs and work your way up to heavier airs with your instructor. Get in some docking, anchoring and man overboard practice as well.
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