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Re: Newbies, Listen Up...About the BS
Fishing two kids out of the water in any condition is challenging at best. 22mph is a good breeze, but even in a trailer sailer shouldn't be capsize weather.
A lake can have sudden gusts in any direction though.
One of my first sails, (I am a fairly new sailer with mostly fishing boat experience), I went in 20MPH, (according to sailflow), winds in a small J24 with no problems),...well the boat was difficult to manage, and it was an uncomfortable choppy day.
I did reef imediately, as when I pulled the main up the boat heeled uncomfortably, but once I reefed and got both the sails up, the rest of the day was uneventful.
I would put this down to a can't wait for a good weather window to try out boat scenario, which for that part of the country probably won't come for another few months.
We don't know all the details yet, but I'm sure several factors may be, was centerboard ALL the way down?
Did new boat have the usual Ballast we all keep, (stores, spare anchors, canned goods, beer, etc...) in the bilge?
Did he know both how to, and why to reef?
Handling a new boat is a handfull, add two kids? A task for two at least adults.
Sailing on a rough day? You got to have at least one Knowledgable person on tiller, and one on main & jib sheets. If the wind is shifty, both need to be alert.
I remember that day, (I may never be able to forget it), I had a line in each hand, one in my teeth, and was steering with both my knees, (my crew, (Wife & teenage son) were busy chumming).
A few months later the bay was an entirely different world.
The water temp is a big variable, chances are if the boat had capisized in Destin bay in July, we wouldn't even be reading this.
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