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Old 11-28-2012
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Re: Knock Downs

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Originally Posted by tspooner View Post
So with three reefs in the main and I would assume a storm jib or partially furled genoa there would be minimal water bagged to prevent the boat righting itself when it was ready. But what would have happened if a strong gust knocked down a sloop with a fully hoisted main and a 150 Genoa let out with a thousand gallons of sea water now bagged in the sails? What would be my next step to help right the boat after ensuring the crew was safe? It's all hypothetical but I'm sure it's happened to someone out there.
It wouldn't happen, not without a lot of help from wave action. As the boat rounded up, the wind would start to spill off of the top of the sail. You'd never get the sails in the water with white sails.
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