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I had a scare a while back with an afternoon squall that popped up pretty quick. We got all the sails down in time, but still heeled over a good bit with bare poles. My boat is only 19 feet with 1100lbs of lead in a deep full keel. It would sink instantly, with one good dip of the rail. Would be freaking out if I had to navigate confused seas with waves coming at me from all angles. My cockpit has a gorgeous slatted teak sole and a very deep bilge for all that water to enter. My solution was to build two watertight flotation pods into the cockpit that have 16 cubic feet of volume, which displaces 1024 lbs of seawater. These pods are underneath two mahogany benches that are about 6 feet long on each side of the tiller. I also built a new bulkhead that raises the lowest point of the companionway passage almost a foot higher than original. That should keep the cabin dry and add even more buoyancy. Still finishing the project as there is a lot of work to be done before I sail, but I feel this should boost my sense of security quite a bit. I still need to sail smart and not get cocky about thinking my boat is guaranteed unsinkable now. My tiny boat sails great in rough weather so I put up with all the keel weight, thats why I bought it.
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Re: Capsizing fears

Single handing a Harbor 25 in 50 knot winds. Only boat left sailing and the surfing home:

A Micro-burst and 51 Knots on a Harbor 25!
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