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Re: Thunderstorm in Chesapeake Bay
After reading Hal Roth's Book "Handling storms at sea" I wonder about using lying ahull in the Bay during a Tstorm as long as you have enough sea room. Since you should not have to worry about breaking seas in the bay seems like this could be an alternative. I have never used it yet, I have always just dropped sail, started the engine and pointed the boat into the wind.
Assuming you were a good ways from any potential lee shore I'd say this might be a good option if you didn't want to start the engine for some reason, say like you were racing.
Yes, I know real racers would never consider this alternative, but I'm too chicken to want to find out what my boat sails like in 50 knot gusts and I'm too cheap to risk breaking anything so, this is probably exactly what I'd do if I got caught in a storm doing a distance race.
In 15/20 minutes you'll likely be able to put up some sail and get racing again with little risk of breaking anything.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
Last edited by PalmettoSailor; 04-10-2012 at 07:33 PM.