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yesterday's sail

Well I have owned my new 1979 Islander 30 for 2 weeks now, and have only taken her out once - with very little wind.

Yesterday - wind at 10-12.

This boat took off and actually had to roll in the furling to get away from 15-17 degree heel. The boat took it in stride ( I did not ). Still trying to get used to the size and her handling.

This boat completely blows away from previous Catalina 2 in style, speed and handling.

The perfect day so far with this boat.
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15-17 degrees heel is just about normal for conditions like that, and something you'll soon become accustomed to. 20 to 25 degrees and starting to put the rail in the water is when you really need to start depowering, but even that shouldn't be terribly alarming.

Good for you.... we were shovelling a relativley rare Feb snowfall....
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Its was 70 degrees and windy - perfect day for sailing.

20-25 ( rail in the water ) - no thanks. I am sure my family would not like it either! ha.
Maybe when I race on my friends Melges 24. but even then its 'scary'.
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Sounds like a great sail! My guess is that your boat would be happy at 15 degrees in those conditions.
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Yes, 15 was perfect for the boat. moved very fast and pointed very high into the wind.
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Sounds like a great time and you will get used to her heeling. I know there are times when it catches me off guard too.
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it is always interesting boosting your limits on a new boat
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Glad you had a good sail. The rail in the water thing un-nerves me as well.
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Sounds like a great sail...where are you located? Here on the Chesapeake Bay, we go out all winter, but I missed last Sunday. There are many good days.
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I agree that 15 degrees is normal, acceptable, and not a threat to the boat, but it can be unnerving as hell the first couple of times. You'll get used to it. Congrats on your sail. I am still waiting for the water to soften up enough to launch boats.
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