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|07-18-2011 12:31 PM|
BFS answer... No.
Me: Not comfortable in anything more than teens (need to get a freek'n boom vang on this boat!)
|07-16-2011 08:26 PM|
|luck66||I sail my boat in wind up to 21 knts before I need to shorten sail. If it looks like the wind will blow above 25 knts i will heave-to and reef the main if i want to stay out and sail longer. if i am ready to go in i'll heave-to and drop sails. i sail alone most of the time.|
|07-16-2011 07:17 PM|
|OtterGreen||since i sail on the bay there is no swell, there is however chop. chop that has enough inertia to splash above the pulpit and to get the entire deck wet. when it gets REALLY windy there is no chop, it lays flat, around 30kts plus. got caught out in that earlier this summer and still waiting on my new main.|
|07-16-2011 04:38 PM|
10 to 15kn is my preference, but 5 to 10 is relaxing sailing.
Less than 5, I like the challenge to get 2 kn SOG.
Above 15 I think hard before going out, then reefed at the dock, but once out I am OK up to 25, and really don't like anything above 25.
On the lower Delaware Bay with short period waves, where I will be until the end of July, it is more an issue of sea state, I will go out in less than 2ft sea, will think hard about 3ft sea and avoid 4ft and above.
I can easily get up to my 5kn hull speed in 10 to 15kn winds, anything more is just to much work.
|07-16-2011 04:36 PM|
For me on the Lancer 36 it is really all about sea state. In So. Cal. we get these winds in the Fall and Winter that blow 35-70 kts but straight off the land and the sea state is a little choppy close to shore but as you venture off shore a few miles it gets nasty. But when a strong Santa Ann is blowing, say 45 kts one can sail near shore and not even get water on the decks, crazy I know but ask around it happens all the time. So really its sea state not wind speed for me.
|07-16-2011 04:07 PM|
|OtterGreen||spend time sailing and observing the windspeed and how much you are working. for me i sail 99 percent solo, so if i am out and comfortably cruising in 10-15, and it starts blowing hard 20 plus, its just not relaxing anymore so i haul in the jib and either head in or anchor up for a while. if i am with another person, thats a different story, reefing the main and jib while it is blowing hard can be fun, but not all the time. find your comfort level and dont be afraid to push it when you feel ready, otherwise you wont advance but do not be reckless or afraid to look stupid in front of others. years ago i would only sail sunny and 5-10 but by pushing outside my comfort zone i was able to realize what myself and the boat could handle. there will always be another day so no use in putting life, limb or vessel in jeopardy unless cornered into it like being caught in foul weather. there is even days now where im just not in the mood to fight the wind or boat and head back in.|
|07-15-2011 04:01 AM|
Originally Posted by BarryL View Post
Anything up to 20kns from a Westerly direction is generally OK but 20kn winds from an Easterly quarter can quickly stir up heavy seas. No fun at all unless you enjoy being pasted.
I generally check Accu Weather for the local sea state predictions before I head out but stay in the harbour in any sort of an Easterly blow as this puts the local harbours on a lee shore.
I always like to follow the trawlers out!
Admittedly mi have been described as a fair weather sailor but then why look for trouble, its always looking for you.
|07-15-2011 02:05 AM|
My 260 is rated up to 30 knts. The Drascombe has been in 40 knts but it's an under canvased boat and a yawl rig. The Minifish has been in 25-ish knts which is really about as much as I'd trust the mast on that one.
I've heard of boats who don't begin to reef until 25 knts. But really, it's what the skipper can handle.
|07-15-2011 12:52 AM|
|Quickstep192||I read somewhere that the practical limit is 1 knot of wind per foot of boat length. My boat which is pretty heavy for a 24 footer seems to bear this out. It can handle 20kts pretty easily, but when it gets above 24kts, it sort of stops being fun. Of course this will vary boat to boat, but it seems like a decent rule of thumb.|
|07-14-2011 11:48 PM|
|TQA||When the Christmas winds are blowing out in the Eastern Caribbeam 35 knots is my departure limit but once on passage you just have to go with whatever the wind gods deliver.|
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