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In the Sailing USA website,one can read:
(A non-breaking wave, no matter how high, will not capsize a conventional boat with good stability. This brings us back to the two survival techniques in breaking waves, that have in common to present stern or bow to the waves: run with a drogue aft, or "sort of heave to" with a parachute off the bow...
I'm not so sure abut the Sailing USA statement that: A non-breaking wave, no matter how high, will not capsize a conventional boat with good stability.
Paloma has excellent stability and has been in non-breaking waves in the Gulf of over (according Air CG, Corpus Christi) 30 feet. In those seas, there was litle doubt in my mind that if we got beam to, and given the 60+ knt winds would be hitting the beam, she would likely broach when two of those big "roller" waves crossed at angles to each other.
On your other point, I absolutely agree with you and others of the same thought, that you must either run before the storm or plow into it.
s/v Paloma, Bristol 29.9, #141
Slipped in Bahia Marina, easy access to Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Last edited by johnshasteen; 04-15-2008 at 10:15 AM.