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11-19-2007 05:40 PM
CharlieCobra No doubt. That's happened twice with the chute. This knockdown and the wind dying the other time.
11-19-2007 04:32 PM
teshannon Great post! Thanks for sharing with us.
11-19-2007 04:14 PM
nolatom The lag time between "let's fly the chute" and actually getting all the spaghetti straight, the twists out, the sheets clear of the lifelines and each other, and flying it, can allow a whole new weather system to establish itself. Then, all you can say is, "it seemed like a good idea at the time"....

A good read, thanks...
11-19-2007 03:56 PM
labatt Great story, and I'll second you on not being afraid to use your engine to power your vessel into the wind (or a direction that's an improvement), and keep it there.
11-19-2007 01:58 PM
CharlieCobra Thanks guys. I had the staysail ready to go and just had to attach the halyard and pull the tie downs so I was more prepared this time. Running with staysail and mizzen would work well but since we were making 7.5 with a 26'6" waterline, I figured we had enough canvas up. One thing I noticed that worked well was the Pardey method of heaving to. While we had too much canvas up with the full main, we were able to maintain our position while we dealt with the spinnaker at about 50* off the wind by sheeting out until the leach of the main was barely luffing. The ride was smooth and we were able to take care of business and square the chute away.
11-19-2007 01:44 PM
Valiente Nice work. I would make a suggestion that if there is the slightest suggestion of dodgy weather, that you have the staysail and its sheets already rigged and just lashed down lightly so it can go up quickly if needed. I don't even bother with the furling genoa in such conditions...I just go straight to the staysail.

Would you ever have a role for a reefed mizzen in this sort of weather? I've been on a ketch that used a mizzen and a boomed staysail in 40 knots on the beam quite successfully...we were well water over the rails and all...but we made good speed and stood up if needed by spilling the mizzen.
11-19-2007 01:43 PM
Originally Posted by CharlieCobra View Post
1961 Knutson yawl.
Ah yes, I remember now. You just bought her, I remember the photos and the thread. Beautiful boat, sounds like you are having a blast with her.
11-19-2007 01:19 PM
AjariBonten This sort of post is one of the main advantages of this site. Great reporting Charlie!
11-19-2007 01:19 PM
CharlieCobra 1961 Knutson yawl.
11-19-2007 01:18 PM
bestfriend Awesome Charlie. Remind me again what boat you are sailing?
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