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post #11 of 15 Old 09-06-2011
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here on the Barnegat Bay the wind usually picks up from the south in the afternoon sometimes light other times 15 gusting to 30. my boat at 23 foot is waterballast and generally light compared to a fixed keel or heavier boat of its size. i sail alone 99 percent of the time. for me, when i have to fight the wind it is usually too much and i will sail back with just the main and small amount of jib, or just motor back. no reason to beat up the boat or yourself. now, if i am with a compitant sailor on board that is another story. alot of the times here it will blow so hard there is no chop at all which is about 30 or so .
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Unless your boat is unusually tender, you should be fine up to 25 knots if you reef appropriately and use a smaller headsail. I am always surprised how comfortable a boat can be, even in high winds, if you have an appropritately smaller amount of sail up. If, on the other hand, you have a boat that is designed for lighter winds (i.e., tender) you may not ever be comfrotable sailing in over 20 knots of breeze. Also, the experience of your crew can make it no fun to sail in high winds if they are nervous, unskilled or underconfident.

Remember when it's blowing hard to reef early. If you don't reef in higher winds, it means getting knocked over, wrestling with the wheel and possible equipment failure. With the right amount of sail up on the very same day you often can have a very pleasant sail.
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I have a similar boat and do not go out when small craft warnings are predicted.

Around here that seems to be at 20kts.

I day sail for pleasure.

Struggling with a big blow is not calming!!
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Sounds like you need some lessons. Teaching yourself should be a very slow, and cautious ordeal. It doesn't take much for things to get out of hand. A mentor would also be good, but right here in the forums are tons of information.

At this point your boat can handle way more than you. You stick with it long enough. Then you can sail in most weather that come along. After a while the most dangerous part in sailing a storm is getting to & from the dock Every thousand mile journey begins with the first step, and then a step at a time. You've taken the first step, so take the rest a step at a time.....BEST WISHES........i2f

20 MPH ain't fast unless, you do it in a 1000sq 3/2 house on 10foot waves
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When the Admiral says it is

The Admiral has the final say. If she says it is too windy to go out, we don't matter how "benign" I think it is.

If I get hurt/sick and she has to do the boat herself, she has to be able to do it and with confidence. She is not comfortable handling the boat in strong winds by herself yet. Somewhere near 20 kt she puts the nix on it.

If we (her and I) go out with other folks that sail, we will go out up to ~25kts. If I am out with others, and she is not along, 30 kts is the limit.

Also, it not necessarily the high winds is the delta between peak and nominal winds speeds that make me agitated. If we have 15 kts than 30 kts, then a lull, then back to 20, I tend to head in. Steady winds, even high, are easier to sail than wind changing strength and direction every 30 seconds or so.

As far as waves, 6 ft waves are the absolute max. Anything more than that for extended period of time is tiring and beats me up. We've sailed/motored in waves up to 11 ft on the beam for 4 h and I was spent.

My boat is 33 ft long with an 11 ft beam.

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