Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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No, we wait for the slack. Dent Rapids can run 11 knots. Just south of the narrow section is an area called the Devil's Hole. It develops into a large whirlpool. Folks have told me that they have seen logs in there, which would turn it into a very big blender.
This link is a larger image- both show my route through.
I have gone with the current in a couple of situations that I know well.
Something worth mentioning is that when you are sailing with the current, it is absolutely necessary to maintain headway through the water. If the wind is very light and your hull is going at the speed of the current, your rudder will be useless. I have had this happen a couple of times in some heavy current spots. It's disconcerting and very possibly dangerous when your rudder all of a sudden becomes nonfunctional and you cannot steer or keep the boat headed into waves.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.