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Re: Beneteu 49 Sailing in 30+knots

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We went up the coast of NSW end of last winter, deck awash, saw 35 - 40 knots on one occasion plenty of 30 - 35knots. We had the side curtains rolled up but left rest of the cockpit covers in situ. Didn't get my feet wet until I had to go on deck as we prepared to cross the bar into our destination.

Reduce performance ? Probably does. Do I care ? Not a jot.
Hey Andrews, I don't see it as a performance problem but as a question of seaworthiness.

OK you get away with 40K but imagine that it turned up 50 or 60K and you have waves going over the boat. it was not on those conditions that you would take away your bimini and covers and then they would be a liability ofering a grab for the waves.

As it was many times pointed out high freeboard is prejudicial in what concerns dynamic stability and by the same reason the covers, biminis and everything that can contribute to increase the lateral area, the area exposed to breacking waves are a bad idea in really bad weather.

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Re: Beneteu 49 Sailing in 30+knots

Very cool video. Not a thing like that here without sand. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Beneteu 49 Sailing in 30+knots

A couple of years ago, we had a freak thunderstorm put 75 mph winds onto our marina for a good fifteen or twenty minutes. My wife watched it from her office nearby. It broke several boats loose from their dock lines.

It was amazing how many biminis were still on boats, and relatively undamaged (although there were a few in tatters). Ours had the isinglass viewing port ripped loose on one side, but otherwise held up fine.
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