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Re: Is the Columbia 45 Motorsailer Ocean Worthy?
Just thought I would chime back in, in case anyone is looking here.
We have been from Puget Sound to Alaska and To Mexico so far. I have been in some of the worst weather you would be in. The High freeboard kept me pretty much dry. Yeah, we had green water all the way back to the top of my cockpit enclosure a few times.
AS far as handling? I was buzzed twice and then the USCG Chopper hovered overhead. I came back out on deck and called them to ask what is the issue. They said 'they' Didn't see anyone on deck and that the Warnings to Mariners was in effect for Gale Force Conditions' I told them I was below making a sandwich. they laughed. I was. Well, their warning of 'Only Well Found Boats properly equipped and Seasoned Mariners' should be out in that weather. I am just average and my boat is a good sturdy boat. I learned that in SE Alaska / British Columbia during a very bad storm off shore. I finally just headed to a bay under my smallest headsail alone at an average of 10 knots. I will tell you that the winds were above 40 knots sustained. Seas were... Let's see, 53 inches waterline to deck, cockpit enclosure is 80" above the deck, and while in the trough, I could not see over the crests of the waves. BTW, My engine was inop during this run. I anchored at approximately 10 - 11 knots and 'club hauled ' it to a stop with 300' of chain and 200' of line. Secured everything, set anchor watch alarms. settled down to about 18 hours of sleep without waking but a few times.
Did a wing on wing A-Sym and main run for 21 hours straight without an issue. Sailed flat and smooth.
I single hand it in and out of very tight places, anchor in 5' seas and 35 knots wind,(yes alone) sail it for days with simple autopilot assistance.
There it is. We are in Mexico now and getting everything ready to circumnavigate S America by way of Cape Horn starting Spring 2017.