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post #14 of Old 04-10-2012
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Re: Thunderstorm in Chesapeake Bay

Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
Dave, so everyone knows, you're an experienced offshore guy. The OP was about being in the Bay and if I remember from the chat we had, he's fairly new to sailing. I might be wrong about him being a novice but I wouldn't want anyone without experience trying to sail through a Bay storm with canvas up.
Point taken.

However, while I was getting pounded offshore last week I did a quick look around the boat (twice a day) and found at one point that the dinghy painter (lashed on the foredeck) and the tail of one of my running backstays were BOTH in the water. No one should start the engine without checking ALL the way around the boat for lines in the water. A line wrapped around the prop in a thunderstorm you aren't prepared to sail through or heave to in would be very bad. Very very bad.

That's why so many MOB scenarios go wrong - someone starts the engine and wraps a line.

sail fast and eat well, dave
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