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Re: Got to Stop being Stupid

So you re saying you were running before the wind , 4-5 ft seas with a genoa. That moves all the force forward on the boat to te bow. As you dropped down the face of a wave it would pull the bow down. A recipie for trouble .

Wouldn't it just be better to reef your main and keep the center of force further back.

In my experience when my boat is overmatched because of sail area, the object is to reduce it, not shift the center of force forward. It makes the boat harder to handle. To gain control of te conditions balancing the boat is most important. One sail up, epecially the jib makes my boat more difficult to steer.


Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post
There are others here with tons more experience than me, but in response to OP prior stated concern about gybing in following seas, running on genoa alone completely eliminates the threat of a gybe. Perhaps that's obvious, but I didn't see it mentioned.

Virtually all my sailing is in protected river water, but last May I was down in Delaware Bay by Miah Maull Shoal when it started to blow and I was caigjt in 4-5' following seas. I did manage to get on the cabin top to get my sail down (no lazy jacks on my boat), and then ran on the genoa. Even with that, I had my hands full pulling the wheel all the way to port every few seconds to prevent broaching. It took both hands, and lasted about 90 minutes. I had a water bottle on my binnacle drink holder and could not pause long enough to take a drink. My mouth dried out so much I ended up with cracked lips, but I just couldn't grab the water bottle.

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