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Re: First sail issue (?) - need advice
Ditto on the wait for more favorable conditions. It's not going to be nice, and first sails are notorious for breakdowns and problems. Whenever you go, have at least one, preferably two people aboard who are knowledgeable about sailing and boat systems so that if/when something breaks, you've got extra -- and experienced -- hands.
My husband and I are small boat sailors, and love heavy air sailing. The first time we heard a forecast for 20+ on the nose, we thought nothing of it -- if we could handle that in our sailing dinghy, it'd be no sweat in a cruising boat. WRONG! Beating into ocean waves is absolutely no fun -- we've now done at least four passages that I can think of where it ended up being like that, and each time we swear never again. Twice we've had self-steering give way, just to complicate matters. Hand steering in those conditions is no fun and exhausting.
That said, have a great time with the new boat!
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