Thanks for the first hand accounts! Techniques like falling off to prevent hobby-horsing, and driving the boat in subsiding winds with big seas are helpful to me.
Anyone use a trysail?
I've just discovered this forum and I'm looking forward to participating. I just bought my 34 in SW Florida last summer. Besides the trip back, via Okeechobee then offshore at Ft. Pierce, I have no passagemaking time in my boat so lots to learn.
The boat is much drier than my last boat, a Cape Dory 30. I love the way my boat is rigged with the removable inner stay and a genoa on the furler. I carried the staysail and reefed main on my old boat a lot and although I have yet to bend on the staysail on Cheoah, I think it is going to work well. Happy to have this sweet boat and looking forward to some great adventures.