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Old 19-08-2019, 17:34   #16
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Re: Heavy Weather Sailing

If you're in a Catalina 30 during a storm, trying to make way upwind and against sea will be very uncomfortable. Eating, hydratiin, and off watch eating will be difficult, if not possoble creating fatigue and poor judgement. The boats usually do fine. They don't get sick or tired. We, the humans on the boats, tend to fair less well.

As others have stated, also depends on the storm, and the duration. A 20 minute squall, although violent, is not riding out a hurricane.
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Old 19-08-2019, 19:02   #17
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Re: Heavy Weather Sailing

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With trial and error you'll find what works best with your boat in different conditions.

We have done similar to what you described, moving ~45degrees AWAunder
heavily reefed main, but with a moderate (1800rpm) engine in 40-50 kts. I didn't want to give up distance to our destination, and this felt like the most comfortable way to do it. I don't know that we'd be successful with this approach in much higher winds, though. In heavy winds, our boat is more stable being pulled by a staysail downwind. Although deeply reefed, the mainsail was slightly trying to round us into the wind as the wind tried pushing the bow off the wind. The two forces were moderately balanced and with 3-4 kts through the water we were able to maintain steerage and a relatively constant angle of attack.

The scenario that CassidyNZ describes is completely different. I hope I never experience 80kts, but if I were to, I don't think I'd have any canvas up.
I've done that, mainsail, close hauled, engine on just ticking over in gear. It is easier and less pounding.
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Old 19-08-2019, 21:54   #18
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Re: Heavy Weather Sailing

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In this situation how did you heave to? I assume you can't use your regular sails to do this maneuver because they would just blow out? Did you use storm sails, turn upwind, and then do a heave to maneuveur?
No normal sail will last in that kind of wind. The boat was “new to me” and ill-equipped for seriously bad weather. We had no storm sails on board.

How do you heave to without sails? Well I guess a better description is “lying ahull”, turn the helm to weather and the boat assumes an attitude beam-on to the wind. Unfortunately it also means lying beam-on to the seas which is scary as hell.

With the gear I have on board now, that would never be a choice again.
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Old 20-08-2019, 04:00   #19
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Re: Heavy Weather Sailing

Don't forget that one of the most danger thig sailing into a storm, is the movement of the boom, so one of the first thing to do is fix it, best you can.
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