Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Blue Ridge
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Thanks for the winch reminder. I am not sure the ducttape would have held tight. I like the valve idea, possibly two, with one on a tee, to drain off the water that accumulated above the valve. The stern anchor deck pipe did strangely enough not take on water, as the rode and everything on that side (there is also a high lip that separates it from the aft locker) was dry. I will contact PSC about the sealing material for the lockers, possibly similiar to the one used for the propane locker.
Weather cloths would have helped, but not entirely, as we were getting quite a few "gatorade cooler" style hits. I am also not sure how well they would have held up, or possibly put too much strain on the lifelines, or make the boat more unstable??
As for the boats performance under these conditions (3 days out of 5 at 30-40kt with some hours above 45kt and higher gusts in squalls), I was glad to be in a PSC. Even with the cockpit filled, there was never a moment of instability, or possible capsize. On one wave we clocked 13.34 kt, but it never felt out of control. During the height of the storm( the one that dumped 3 ft of snow in the mid atlantic) we were sailing with a double reefed main (possibly a little too much canvas, but too late to change...). No headsail was used in the worst conditions, because the roller furling line broke ( fully opening the sail from underwear size to 130%... OOOOPS!) and had to be pulled down.
I have to say the weakest part on the boat was the crew. Sleep deprivation and mild hypothermia took its toll on us, but our confidence in the vessel was never shaken, it only increased as time went on. Thank you Mr Crealock!
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