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That's where we differ Rick. I like to sharpen my skill sets so I do venture out in SCA's and Gales to do just that. Each time I do, I learn something. The first time, which turned out to be much more than forecast by 30 knots, I noticed that turning into the wind and waves to handle sails put my crew in harm's way because of the slamming into the waves. The second time, I ran off on a Broad Reach and the motion, amount of water and difficulty in dousing the headsails was much less. Just to be sure, I did the foredeck work in both directions myself and the difference was huge. The Mainsail and Mizzen still require beating to work with but the risk is reduced for those when beating. Again, boat design has a lot to do with the ride in inclement weather. Oh Joy is terrific in rough seas so it's not an issue.
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I like to go out during SCAs as well.. I notice the powerboats tend to stay in the marina when that happens.

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Yeah, not much traffic at all except for diehards and commercial.
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I like to go out during SCAs as well.. I notice the powerboats tend to stay in the marina when that happens.
That sounds like good enough reason alone.
It also looks like some here like adventure and a bit of adrenaline every now and again.

I also wondered why so many in the northeast put their boat on the hard during these mild winters. Its been about 3 years now since I could remember seeing ice in or around the sound? Looking out over the water during the past couple of weeks and seeing no boats in site just makes me say --why not?

I can think of a few reasons including the risk of hypothermia and being uncomfortable with temps in the 30-40's. I guess if global warming keeps up we might be seeing more adventurous types out there this time of the year. lol
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You wouldn't get much sailing done here in the PNW during winter if you didn't venture out in SCA's which can, and do, turn into Gale's quite regularly. This winter especially it seems as though we have had more than our normal Gale Warnings, maybe we'll get a break here soon? Good for you Hoffa, and your trusty first mate, if you never test the "limits" how do you know what they are? I remember a guy up in Tofino in a Cape George 36 that went out in 20' to 24' breaking seas with winds blowing steady at 45K for a couple of hours. He said that it's good to know that you can do it, even if it is a bit uncomfortable. I only lasted in our 34' Northsea about as long as it took to find the courage to pick a trough to make a 180 in so I could head back in.

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footage from hoffas adventure recently.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXuzy0k9mZQ&NR=1
His boat and crew are in there somewhere lol
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footage from hoffas adventure recently.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXuzy0k9mZQ&NR=1
His boat and crew are in there somewhere lol
i wanna play

i love the comment some guy left: "Bugger that - I like piddling about in boats, but that's just too rough." succinct and to the point.

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That looks real familiar, without the swells. The wind waves look the same. Thankfully, none of my sails ended up looking like that. Beating in conditions like that to do sail changes or just because that's your course is nasty at best.
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