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post #19 of Old 03-05-2008
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Part of the problem is that the wind direction from a squall can change rather quickly and drastically, so heaving-to can be a bit difficult. Reducing windage, and taking down all of the sail, is really key, especially on a multihull, which won't heel with the brutal winds you'll experience in a squall.

Moving off on a broad reach is probably a good idea, if you can keep the boat down to a safe speed, since it will help get you out of the storm's path. You'd be amazed at how fast a multihull with bare poles can get moving in a squall.

Originally Posted by TOMINDC2 View Post
I have only been multihull for a year, but aside from Sailingdog, all the squall advice seem to be monohull-oriented. My weather experience to date does not justify lashing down everything, and preparing to abandon ship. Securing hatches, clearing the deck, and reducing sail seem appropriate, as does running or reaching. What about heaving to or just hauling everything down and waiting in the salon? I would love to hear something from a multihull owner with squall expertise.


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