TB????!!!!??? is that you??? it is me CAP!!!!
Where have you been???
I live in Portugal now, and bought a REAL boat, and sail the REAL seas!!!
(man these guys here are VERY VERY good sailors)!!!
Now seriously, my rails are easy to get wet, because my free bord is relatively low, specially in the rear and my beam is 14.7 feet !! Its normal when it heels too much to see the water flow thru the deck, around the shrouds area and into the side seat of the cockpit, and out thru the stern. Never inside the cockpit tough.
With this boat its very easy to do it, (if you let it,- BIG sail- ehehhe), but it slows down, obviously. Happens more when alone with the kid as I am shorthanded, and blows higher than 18 to 20kts.
Luckily, my wife is already used to it. When she started sailing I told her that, "water on the side" was normal.... she believed it....till today. In the summer, she sometimes seats on the low side to get wet!!!
As for the kid, he spends more time in the water with his optimist than sailing, so he thinks its normal, too!!!
Guess I'm lucky!!