Join Date: Mar 2012
Thanked 26 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 5
Re: Which boat in a gale; apples and oranges
This is a loaded question, a gale is 28-55 knots, I have comfortably sailed my Montgomery 15 is 28 knots in flat water. There is a lot more to it than wind conditions. If you want to sail to weather in a gale the Catalina 38 may be your best bet. A PSC 31 wont heave to but a Baba 31 will. All of these boats are easily strong enough to survive a gale but comfort is a relative term. Many Baba 31's have wooden masts that induce a dampening effect and tend to roll slower. Then there are other factors like sail plan, a cutter rig is much easier and safer with smaller steering sails and can easily be sailed with hank on sails. Try and wrestle a 130 jib down on a s&s 38 after the roller furler fails in 55 knots of wind and you will understand what I'm talking about. The larger the boat the more comfortable in theory until something goes wrong, then it's a 180 shift. The reason we see so many rescue at sea these days is because people buy big complicated boats they don't and cant maintain so one little breakdown spells disaster and all they have to do is push a button and mommy will come get them. If I cant sail it solo with all hank on and manual equipment its too big for me.
Last edited by barefootnavigator; 04-25-2013 at 01:49 PM.