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Re: Beneteu 49 Sailing in 30+knots
Did you notice that Michael on Sequitur had his dodger/bimini/enclosure up in that F10-11 off Cape Horn? Seems like they're sturdier than anyone thought!
I don't now if he had done that but it seemed a pretty crazy thing to do. Even if the structure is strong enough it will add a huge windage to the boat and if it can take all that wind (I would not count on that) certainly any wave that come through the cockpit will rip it apart.
Are you sure he kept the "Full house" up with a force 10/11?
I always roll the bimini when it blows over 30K wind.