Originally Posted by jaschrumpf
I'm thinking: pitchpoling means you ran into a wave whose height is greater enough than the length of your boat that it can toss it tail-over-tincups.
How does a Hobie 16 get into a sea state that severe? Or are there conditions that will toss a Hobie less than that?
Smack, that picture is HILARIOUS.
The sea state was anything but severe, wind was 15 to 20 knts on the lake. We were cooking along close to the wind, the starboard pontoon started flying and the port pontoon went underwater and dug in and that was all she wrote. I was thrown forward and landed on the main sail. The toe nail damage occurred during our failed attempt at righting the boat. My toe got stuck in the little gap on between the deck and the hull. SNAP!
This weekend we had some great sailing, not exactly BFS material but good times. Friday night we had a nice fresh steady breeze, were running along at a 30 to 40 degree heel under the stars. My C 25 is fast now with the new bottom job and now I'm running a 135 with a new roller furler so it was nice to be able to get out and test the new rig and sail.
Sunday we had a steady sustained breeze right at 17 to 20 knts out of the north. Had a nice sail down wind to the dam on the lake but getting home got exciting. To get home we pulled down the main and beat home through a 2 foot chop. Hull was crashing through the waves and we were getting a little bit wet. My three year old slept through the whole thing, flanked by pillows in the quarter berth. We had to pull the cabin hatch back so that he didn't get wet with the bow spray. Fortunately for us the wind shifted to the west and were able to get back by the marina in 3 tacks. The sun came back out and the wind dropped for just enough time for me to raise the main and then it came back at 23 to 25 knts steady. My wife was like "Why do you have to push it all the time? I was just wanting to chill and have some cheese crackers and wine and you're putting the toe rail in the water!" We dropped the main again and headed home.
I've got to tell you, the convenience factor of roller furling certainly compensates for the performance hit. It's so nice to be able to reduce sail quickly when things get jiggy especially when you're out there just with your wife and three year old and even nicer to be able to drop and cover the main, roll up the head sail and be done by the time we hit the dock.
So yeah, we stayed on the boat from Friday through Sunday and had some great sailing this weekend. Hope some of you guys did as well.