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11-18-2013 07:09 PM
Omatako
Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

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Originally Posted by capta View Post
From what I gather from reading the posts on this forum, most on here won't even sail in the "nudge" between the 200 knots you mentioned and the 235 of the article. I read they may update the Beaufort Scale as they did the Fujita, to accommodate these larger storms.
Sorry, just to avoid confusion, the 235 in the article is MPH which is about 200kn.

One only has to look at the damage cause by this blow. The buildings are same as or worse than those caught in a Cat 5 twister and this is a tropical weather system not a tornado. This winds comes and stays a while, possibly days.

It must be unbelievably spooky.

Beaufort scale goes to 12 which is 64 knots and upwards. That doesn't even begin to describe Haiyan. Hell, I've sailed my boat in open sea through 80 knots, wouldn't choose to do it again but it is easily survivable.
11-18-2013 04:18 PM
Group9
Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

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we keep having monster storms like this.. we are going to need a cat 6
We have been having storms like this for hundreds of years. Early Spanish records show a hurricane with the same intensity as Katrina, striking the Mississippi gulf Coast in 1792. The reports of the damage it caused, and how far inland the storm surge went, are remarkably similiar to what Katrina did. It took 40 years for the area to come back after that hurricane. A Spanish investigator who arrived in 1793 found all of the Spanish ships aground inland, and nobody around.

Hurricane Camille hit Mississippi in 1969 amd broke the equipment at Keesler Air Force Base (home of the Hurricane Hunters) in Biloxi, MS when her winds reached somewhere around 205 to 210 mph. So we'll really never know just how high her winds were.

How many people here remember that one?

We just know about them now.
11-18-2013 09:35 AM
capta
Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

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Originally Posted by Omatako View Post
This extract from a BBC website:

Haiyan - equivalent to a category five hurricane - is now heading towards Vietnam and southern China.

The storm made landfall on the Philippines shortly before dawn, bringing gusts that reached 379 km/h (235 mph), waves as high as 15m (45ft) and up to 400mm (15.75 inches) of rain in places.


Nobody rides out a storm like that at sea or in an anchorage for that matter. That is a nudge over 200 knots.

One has to understand that a CAT 5 hurricane is any wind speed over 135 knots
From what I gather from reading the posts on this forum, most on here won't even sail in the "nudge" between the 200 knots you mentioned and the 235 of the article. I read they may update the Beaufort Scale as they did the Fujita, to accommodate these larger storms.
11-18-2013 12:17 AM
Stumble
Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

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Originally Posted by duchess of montrose View Post
200 knots eh? It might be time to douse the spinnaker.
The chicken chute can handle it. Though if these winds the chicken chute may just be a 18oz handkerchief.
11-17-2013 11:54 PM
duchess of montrose
Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

200 knots eh? It might be time to douse the spinnaker.
11-17-2013 11:52 PM
fryewe
Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

200mph generates four times the force of 100mph. Only place to be is underground far from the storm surge line.
11-17-2013 11:26 PM
Sublime
Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

Knowing what 100+ on my motorcycle feels like, no way in hell am I playing with 200mph winds.
11-17-2013 11:08 PM
Slayer
Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

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11-17-2013 11:04 PM
mad_machine
Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

we keep having monster storms like this.. we are going to need a cat 6
11-17-2013 10:07 PM
krisscross
Re: You DO NOT want to be living on a sailboat during a Hurricane

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
200 knots of wind. That's not even conceivable.
That is even faster than the wind speed as you are going down skydiving before the parachute opens.
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