Thanks for all the replies... good info and i appreciate it very much!
Get the sails down...the pfd's on and motor into the wind.
I think this is the option i would feel most comfortable with mainly because if we leave any sail out at all i would think that the high winds in a squall would make it harder to manage the boat than with bare poles.
Cam, i know you're familier with the Pamlico Sound but for those who aren't: average depths of 15-18' and Max depths of 26' which makes for a lot of chop when the wind picks up due to shallow water. For this reason i think the suggestions of a broad reach whould not be as appropriate for me as they would be for someone who is weathering a storm in deep ocean water. I think i'm talking about "Fetch" here... correct?
Lets not forget the Heave to option!! That way you can get some coffee and watch the storm pass. Practice is everything, and we do it often.
But at what point is heaving to not safe anymore? If i'm expecting a heavy line of storm activity then i would think that i want to have as little sail out (if any) as possible.
So, if you have good holding ground, and it's not too deep, consider dousing all sail and dropping the hook. Do it before the squall hits. This works on Lake Pontchartrain, where I sail and teach sometimes. Bottom's only 15 feet down, easy to get plenty of scope.
26' max depths where we will be so dropping the hook could be an option if all else fails. We have 200' nylon rode w/ an additional 20 feet of chain so scope should not be an issue. We could potentially have out the 7:1 ratio with 182' and still have about enough for a 8:1 ratio if we let it all out.
Does anyone else prefer to drop the hook instead of riding it out? Are there any concerns with that suggestion out there?
Should this happen, I trust you all have your track enabled on your GPS. I go with the wind and with near zero visibility use the track on my GPS to keep me floating on the blue wet stuff. This works for almost all scenarios, but the last time out we were actually struck by lightning.
You got struck???
YIKES! What happend to the boat? I assume you were safe from the strike since your posting on sailnet now!
Good reminder about the GPS... i always have the track on.