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Re: What would you do? Caught off guard by storm on the Chesapeake

I don't know the bay very well, But I always try to head for open water.
Reef Reef and Reef, prepare the boat for crap. Stow every thing and turn the bow to open space and DEEP water.
IF possible try and get the wind on quarter and run before with reduced sail and an over trimmed main.
I always feel more comfortable when I have open water around me.
It is sort of the exact opposite of what our brain is telling us "we have to get in." But shoreline, shallow water, break walls, pier heads,docks, mooring balls and chains are all the things we want to avoid when the stuff hits.
For what its worth, I sail the Great Lakes. But have been on the Bay a couple of times.
I would not drop all sail and motor. If your going to motor, leave something up the help stable the boat. I would only anchor if I was already in protected waters.
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