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02-28-2008 09:26 PM
sailingdog Idiot is a bit weak if you're playing tag with a waterspout in a Hobie 16... or any sailboat for that matter.
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Originally Posted by cabron99 View Post
Was sailing a Hobie 16 off the Kona coast one day. A little overcast, but nice breeze. A spout dropped out of the sky a couple miles off and I decided to head back to port. Then it seemed it was heading the other direction so decided to sail some more as a nice breeze in Kona is somewhat rare. After a few more minutes, it seemed to be getting closer again. Headed for port. I kept up that dance with that water spout probably half a dozen times, until I realized what an idiot I was. All I wanted was a little more time sailing in paradise!!

Pat
02-28-2008 12:23 AM
cabron99 Was sailing a Hobie 16 off the Kona coast one day. A little overcast, but nice breeze. A spout dropped out of the sky a couple miles off and I decided to head back to port. Then it seemed it was heading the other direction so decided to sail some more as a nice breeze in Kona is somewhat rare. After a few more minutes, it seemed to be getting closer again. Headed for port. I kept up that dance with that water spout probably half a dozen times, until I realized what an idiot I was. All I wanted was a little more time sailing in paradise!!

Pat
02-27-2008 06:33 PM
tdw
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Originally Posted by PBzeer View Post
I'm thinking I'd be more inclined to run at a right angle, than trying to stay ahead of them. Hopefully, a choice I'll never need to make.
I'm with you PB.

BTW, there was a video about the place some time back where one of those suckers chased a boat in the (I think) 98 Sydney - Hobart.

If it was me, I'd simply put on a new nappie and go back to sucking my thumb.
02-27-2008 02:39 PM
SimonV
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Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
I saw 9 at once in the late 90's off Little Creek, Va while onboard USNS Apache.
Later we docked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and a tornado (F1) came down through the yard, down the dock 50 feet away from my watchstation, and then went across the river and blew a substation.
So you were the voyeur in the watchstation and the substation was the recipient. After the event did the substation ask you for a cigarette?
02-27-2008 02:38 PM
sailingdog But CP... I think you're the perfect person to own a MacGregor 26X.
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exactly why I need a mac26X, to outrun the mutha's.

KIDDDDDDIIIIIIINNNGGGGGGGGG
02-27-2008 02:15 PM
cardiacpaul exactly why I need a mac26X, to outrun the mutha's.

KIDDDDDDIIIIIIINNNGGGGGGGGG
02-27-2008 11:00 AM
sailingdog You guys posted close to simultaneously.

If you're dealing with conditions that generate tornadoes... I don't think having any sail or canvas up is a good idea. Taking down your dodger and bimini would probably be wise too.

Heading downwind, say 120 degrees off the wind, instead of dead downwind is probably your best bet... it gives you some lateral movement away from their path, but also maximizes the time you have to run... going perpendicular to the wind sounds like a good idea initially, but after some thought I realized that it will screw you if one of the tornadoes veers, since you'll be significantly closer to it then.



P.S. Thanks Cam
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Sorry folks, didn't realize that it had been posted. Should have searched to make sure.

I'm no pro(just got my boat last yr). But lets see if I got this right, of course take down the sails asap. Start the engine and don't try to outrun downwind.

Would it be wise to put up a storm jib if you have one ?
02-27-2008 10:54 AM
jzk I saw waterspouts in Florida on two occasions. One was off Ft. Lauderdale, and the other when we were anchored near Eliot Key.
02-27-2008 10:51 AM
Digiital Sorry folks, didn't realize that it had been posted. Should have searched to make sure.

I'm no pro(just got my boat last yr). But lets see if I got this right, of course take down the sails asap. Start the engine and don't try to outrun downwind.

Would it be wise to put up a storm jib if you have one ?
02-27-2008 10:17 AM
sailingdog This is a good idea... especially since they're running parallel tracks, and probably can move much faster than the sailboat... it would probably really suck to get caught between the two.
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Originally Posted by PBzeer View Post
I'm thinking I'd be more inclined to run at a right angle, than trying to stay ahead of them. Hopefully, a choice I'll never need to make.
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