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I was sailing with a dingy sailing freind on a 30'' lwl 9 ton gaff rigged sloop coming into Portland Maine. The day was perfect, the sun was out, The wind was strong, 20-30 miles per hour, we were on a beam reach in protected water with no waves to speak of and sailing as fast as the boat will ever go. She had a bone in her teeth and a long wake spread out behind. I was loving it, my freind was terified that the boat was about to roll over...

It all perspective. To knock down the 34 footer will take either really bad seamanship or really bad weather. Do you plan to go sailing in gale force winds? If you do will you refuse to reef the sails? I won''t go any further because I think I have made the point. Don''t spend a lot of time worrying about knockdowns on a 34'' sailboat of the type your thinking of buying. Worry about weather, worry about becoming a competent sailor. If you do those two things you will probabley avoid knockdowns all together.
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I sail a 30 footer. I was knocked down as I approched the marina entrance in about 3 knots of breeze. Out of the south came a gust I was later told topped 60 mph. I was so close to the shore (breakwater) there was no time to prepare. It wasn''t a really big deal I let go the sheets the sails drained, the boat righted hersels and the cockpit drained. I was embarrased but never in any danger. I have been hit by these same sudden gusts while I was in open water. I saw them coming at me across the water and was ready when it arrived..
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Worst ''mess'' I ever got myself into was on a Hobie 18. I got knocked down and unbenownest to me there was small 1/4" hole due to corrosion at the top of the mast. So while trying to right it the mast slowly filled with water and it turned turtle.

Ever try to right a turtled cat with full sails and a mast full of water while singlehanded? Trust me, it''s not something I recommended
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I have a similar story about a Hobie 18 that went turtle. When I was living in Hong Kong, sailing a Dart 15, a buddy of mine capsized in his Hobie 18. I was on the beach and after seeing him struggle to right it for about 10 minutes, I set off with a burly partner to try to help. I circled as my partner jumped in to lend assistance. Little did we know that leaks on alone the V chine on the bottom of the hulls ((from repeatedly being dragged across coarse sand and, well, from lack of maintenance) had filled one or both hulls. It was all but impossible to right the thing. We probably spent an hour out there before we managed to get the mast to point skyward again and limp back to the beach. If it had happened in anything but warm tropical waters, we''d have been forced to abandon the boat or risk hypothermia!
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OK I have been sailing for a long time and have been knocked down twice be four this summer once years ago in Biscayne Bay on a gaff rig cutter under full sail and another time on a Benateau 35 when a squall caused the jib roller furler to let go. Out came the jib flapping like mad and the sheet line wrapped around a stanchion and sheeted the jib and over she went in about 40kts of wind.This summer while watching a squall about three miles away and moving kind of away from us we sat at ease under the binini top when a cold breeze hit the back of my neck. I stuck my head out and looked straight up and moved to pull in the second reef at that moment it was to late. We were hit and over we went but I was already into a turn and she came back up as we rounded up. All three knock down''s we had the boards in and the hatch closed and you should to if it is nasty weather if it is real bad slip a pin through the hasp to make sure the hatch does not come open.Don''t lock the hatch.The boat came back up when we let go the sheet lines.

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