Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane
Originally Posted by Omatako
This extract from a BBC website:
Haiyan - equivalent to a category five hurricane - is now heading towards Vietnam and southern China.
The storm made landfall on the Philippines shortly before dawn, bringing gusts that reached 379 km/h (235 mph), waves as high as 15m (45ft) and up to 400mm (15.75 inches) of rain in places.
Nobody rides out a storm like that at sea or in an anchorage for that matter. That is a nudge over 200 knots.
One has to understand that a CAT 5 hurricane is any wind speed over 135 knots
From what I gather from reading the posts on this forum, most on here won't even sail in the "nudge" between the 200 knots you mentioned and the 235 of the article. I read they may update the Beaufort Scale as they did the Fujita, to accommodate these larger storms.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.