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post #1393 of Old 08-10-2009
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Had a bit of a BFS moment couple weeks ago when i got my new winchers. Blowing up to 20 knots on lake erie. Scariest part was getting nerves to go out solo and docking with that crosswind. I saw the race boats heading out so i figured what the heck... I had my 110 jib with reefed main. Worked well close hulled but on a beam reach she was getting a little squirrelly surfing down waves. Winchers performed real well making winching much easier. Glad I wasn't on a long passage only a little daysail, I never was able to leave the helm. Glad I went out though because you only learn from real experience. Looked like those race boats had fun though with full canvas and spinnakers downwind! oooh wheee!
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