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Re: Sailing 3 miles off shore and Thunderstorm moves in from the east. What do you do
Lot of good advice in this thread. I think the best advice is to act early. Reduce sail, have safety gear ready (harness, tether, PFD, etc.), make sure the hatches/ports/washboards are secured, talk w/ the rest of the crew and herd, get the engine running or ready to run at a moment's notice.
We'll typically head offshore with the engine and a sliver of headsail to ride it out away from hazards and other boats. If the weather is predicted to stay gnarly for an extended period (several hours to a full day) we'll consider other plans.
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