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Re: Over Powered in 30 knots?
Ok, I won't beat a dead horse here, but yep, SOME boats (mine included) require a bit of main as well. I agree though in 30 knot winds, I'd be done!
However, some other observations (and not condemning here) but yeah, probably not a good idea to be out in those conditions with a known dodgy motor.
However, take a look at the "throttle return spring" on that motor... we spent tons on a volvo penta for the same problem, with similar governor work, and found a broken return spring to be the problem.
Finally... once fixed, MOTOR SAIL! Every last bit of forward momentum my friend....
if you plan on sailing those kinds of conditions in any regularity, might be a good idea to get a set of stormsails (I know easy to say, big bucks, yep I get it).
I second the 270s to change point of sail. I've done this kind of "chicken jibe" to move from port to starboard tacks.