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Re: Swan 48 Bella Luna tour and sailing adventure series

Hand steering for a day?

In 2000 we lost the autopilot about half way through the 2400 mile delivery from Honolulu. 8 days of broad reaching in up to 35 knots and 12 - 15 foot seas was brutal. I could last ho more than an hour, 30 minutes was more common. We had a crew of 5. My photo is from those days, you can see a a wave just behind me. The photo was taken from the companionway, looking up.

The boat I am bringing back this year has no autopilot. It is the same one I brought back two years ago, so I am prepared. This time it will have a dodger, last time it didn't - very wet.

Flat bottom boats are great for fast downwind sailing, but upwind the pounding is incredible.

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