The other night I got the urge to do some sailing and headed down to the marina to take her out. "Her" is a new-to-me, 1985, 26 foot Seafarer, 4' keel with keel attached ruddr, Edison wheel steering and an 8hp yanmar inboard. Leaving the harbor (Milford,CT) at low tide presents some problems due to Gulf Pond emptying into the channel which is at low tide only about 25 feet wide with 8 foot depths. This channel runs out to the "sea" buoy and so is about 1/4 mile long.
Transiting the channel, I determined that the wind and surf conditions were such that single-handing was going to be more of a chore than I wanted at that point (20-25 mph winds/2-3' surf, some breaking). Unable to turn around until I cleared the channel, and finding myself halfway to Charles Island, I figured I'd just motor around a bit to recharge batteries (the boats & my own
). Everything was fine until I started to head back to the channel and harbor.
The wind (unusually) was from the ESE and was pushing the surf right down the channel. Motoring in (2800rmp about 6mph) I found that the smaller waves would catch me up and pass under the boat but that the bigger ones would actually cause her to 'surf' for a bit. At one point I was hit with a bigger than usual set of waves which caused the bow to drop and pushed the stern hard to port. At the worst I was about 30 degrees off course to starboard and sliding down the wave
. I immediately chopped power and turned back to port fearing a broach -she rocked pretty violently for a bit but it appeared I did the right thing.
Once that set of waves went past, I eased the power back up to about half speed and tried to keep in time with the wave sets coming by. My question then is/are . . .
Have you ever been in a similar position and what did you do?
SV Puppy Feet II