Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
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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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