I'd point out that by sailing at 45˚ to the wind and waves, you're effectively lengthening the wave period, since you're taking them more obliquely.... this will make the boat's motion much calmer.
I would be hesistent to fall off much further, since you'd be more abeam to the wind and waves than heading into them and far more likely to get knocked down if you're not careful.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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