ok--- fast vs slow cruising... outrunning storms...lightning....here goes----LOL:
for a near year i cruised the gulf in a performance cruiser m=notmy own. was fast and fun sailing. we were caught by thunderstorms not on th e weathermans grid--- local only stufff n=and we sailed tjhru buoy to buoy sec=vere lightning
storms off appalachicola.
1- you are NOT going to any "safe quadrant"..lol..your winds are light and flukey before them and you dont see them at night.LOL.. have fun.. we sailed thru them at speed and slowed--- we had a ball at 10 knots, but we had no margin for error. oops. we slowed down. making 8 kts.
youarenot going to get out of it. sorry. dont even think that. you MIGHT be fortunate enough to find self a proper quadrant by no fault of your own. lol chances are--NOT..
outrunning a storm--at 7 kts against its HOW many?? usually storms are moving about 10-20?? lol guess again. sukit up--yer SAILING! hang on and go forit--might as well-- your storm wont last long enough to get your fancy tackle out and deployed--
as for lightning
protection--lol-- the only well protected boat i ever knew was one that was hit twice in 4 yrs--owned by a nasa engineer
. so -- what are you protecting?? isnt gonna happen. we had nothing except a kat, crocs and rubber foulies. we didnt get hit. whew. musta been kat did it. there is no written history
of a kat being hit by ghtning...therefore he is a deterrent. crocs repel everything-- and they are rubber--- lol works great.
btw--i could feel the tingling of the lightning on the bilge
covers--the part that es metal....lol was strange. but we didnt get hit. stuff was EVERYWHERE....
storms--we sailed for 3 days thru lightning storms labelled severe by noaa and winds were spozedly 71 knots in them.
are we crazy?? we were 100 mi out--where are we gonna find "immediate shelter"..LOL..are ye gonna getonline and whine to friends??hell no--aint internetz out there anyway--lol-- just freeking sail the boat and shutup--make a ditch bag-pray to the gods of the sea and tell davey jones he dont want no part o'yer scurvey ass... and ye will get thru it. you are stronger than ye think, and even a catalina
27 can get thru storms successfully if sailed by sailors.(man-0-man, did i ever want to have my formosa
under me for that !!-- but we did it!)
stats of that performance cruiser--- lgth-37, beam- 12, keel- 4 1/2 ft deep.