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Re: Interesting Sailboats

Originally Posted by capt vimes View Post
I never sailed in conditions like this... Force 8 winds for say 12ish hours was the maximum i ever experienced...
But there was a pretty scary, even if very brief, moment i will never forget and which conditioned me in some ways...
After a front went through, we left the marina because we had a schedule to keep... The wind has almost completely seized and running under motor we drove in a tight angle to the waves built by the force 9-10 winds from previously...
A small breaker put our bow off the waves, i tried to correct and looked to the side, when i just saw a wall of water with a foaming crest rising well above the first spreaders running towards us...
This freak wave just picked up the boat, threw it on its side and dropped us after it had washed over us...
And that bloody wave came out of nowhere only 4-5 nm away from the coast...
This taught me one thing: never sail on a multihull!
Actually multihulls can take much bigger breaking waves than similarly sized monohulls without capsizing. they have a much bigger stability and also a much better dynamic stability. The problem with multihulls is freak gusts, not freak waves unless they come also with freak winds



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