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"...batten down means batten down...secure hatches lockers loose stuff...be prepared for knock downs...a breaking sea in 40 knots can knock down a 50 footer...dont fight it, roll with it if you get caught....if you don't alter course when a storm is predicted --and 40 knots is a storm -- then you get hurt . Ole"
IMHO, Ole has encapsulated in those few words the essence of good seamanship offshore. All those years of experience are rolled into that very wise statement.
I'd only add one thought for those sailing the East Coast of the U.S., and it needs to be writ large:
THE GULF STREAM CAN BE TRECHEROUS IN ANY MODEST, SUSTAINED WIND FROM THE NORTH QUADRANT. Be extremely cautious of venturing in or across the Gulf Stream with northerly winds over 10-15 knots. Short, steep, very nasty seas can turn an otherwise controlled situation into a life-threatening one quickly if the winds increase just a little more. When they reach 25-35 knots, you don't want to be there in anything less than a cruise ship. Beyond 40 knots or so, even large cruise ships can get into difficulty, like the 1,000-foot-long "Norwegian Dawn" which in April 2005 took a 70-foot rogue wave on its UPPER decks, flooding over 60 cabins.
Last edited by btrayfors; 05-30-2007 at 10:35 AM.