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novice question seas/ swells/winds and kids.. pleasure sailing ONLY...
Hi, My parents just bought a 40 foot saiolboat. Yes, they are newbies. Though I have been on our bay lots in my life, its always been as a guest, never as a sailor... so I don't know much about the science of sailing. My dad wants to take me and my 3 kids out (10,8, 2) but I worry about a novice captain and what to expect. The boat is riggged so he can just about handle it himself if he had to, but I am not able to tell you what kind of boat it is. i do know it has a 4.5 foot draft.
I've been out twice-- the first time we had 4 adults and the sea was really calm... we were in the protected area of the upper bay and it was smooth sailing, very comfortable.. no heeling, no rolling (few gentle wakes only).
Today, we motored out into the wind and sailed back with the wind behind us (I think this is accurate) I was told it was a 10-15 knot wind. The seas were 2-3 feet in my estimate. My dad said 2 feet, my brother said some swells were higher. Too much rocking and rolling to have 3 kids on board with a novice sailor IMHO... but I was poo-pooed and told all was fine. My question is what is resonable... if everyone here says 10-15 knots is fine siling in that boat, relax, enjoy it... then I'll assume its my own nerves getting to me. But, if folks here agree that those are slightly uncomfortable winds for siling with kids on deck... then I'll feel my fears are somewhat justified and I'll be sure to pick better weather next time. I just cannot ascertain if my worry is resonable or if its just me being a panicky momma.
Yes, the kids all had PDFs. Thank you for helping answer this question.
What are good seas, what are good winds for sailing a few hours with kids? Thank you all very much!!