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post #4 of Old 09-30-2009
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I sail in a lake - so I'm uber sheltered. I've sailed in 40 knots once with a double reefed main. And it was still too much for my C27. That was scary.

And I was working on the boat a few weeks ago at the slip when a 50 knot squall hit.

I love big wind. But that was truly frightening. Even in the slip! Then I add to that a seastate like you're talking about...

That's some serious stuff. I'm definitely not ready for that kind of sailing.

At 45, even with a double reefed main - did you feel overpowered? Is that when you broached? I'm still trying to figure out - besides a knockdown - at what point you should just drop the main altogether.
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