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Wave height on Friday the 9th ranged between 1.2 and 1.7 meters at the sea buoy #44009 off of Delaware Bay.

Now, that buoy is reporting waves at 17-19' high.

Nasty, nasty :-(
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Wave height on Friday the 9th ranged between 1.2 and 1.7 meters at the sea buoy #44009 off of Delaware Bay.

Now, that buoy is reporting waves at 17-19' high.

Nasty, nasty :-(
Went around there a few weeks ago. Would not want to be doing that right now!
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So it was a trimaran, not a multihull then
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So it was a trimaran, not a multihull then
There's a difference? . . .

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To me, yes The number of HULLS.
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TWO is always better than THREE . . . although NOT in more ways than ONE.

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Chances are likely he got caught overcanvassed and over she went. I'm a bit surprised he didn't have a drogue or something similar as a last-ditch storm survival measure.
I wonder if he was using an autopilot and a gust caught him unaware and away from the helm. I have had some moments of concern while single-handing my Corsair. I need to use the autopilot while doing some of the line handling. If he was pushing things and flying a hull, one gust in combination with an unfriendly wave could ruin your whole day.
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TWO is always better than THREE . . . although NOT in more ways than ONE.
What concers me is I've been around long enough that you and Chuckles are starting to make sense!
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Given the reports of conditions that Btrayfors has come up with.... I don't see the boat getting overpowered all that easily....there just wasn't enough wind from what the buoys are reporting. 22 knots of wind isn't that much wind.

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I wonder if he was using an autopilot and a gust caught him unaware and away from the helm. I have had some moments of concern while single-handing my Corsair. I need to use the autopilot while doing some of the line handling. If he was pushing things and flying a hull, one gust in combination with an unfriendly wave could ruin your whole day.

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dog,

Yeah, maybe. I don't know much about that corsair trimaran, though.

I assume he was headed north, since he reportedly left Cape May in the morning and was capsized aways up the coast. Wind was NNE. If the true wind was gusting, say, 25 knots that could be something over 30 knots across the deck. Shouldn't that -- combined with the reported 'very steep sea' -- be enough to give that little tri some difficulty?

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