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post #11 of 111 Old 08-19-2008
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When there is NO wind, I don't go out sailing.

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For me, it is a question of can I get to the boat to Go. 8 foot hard dinghy with a 1.5 hp motor. It is 100 Yards from the dinghy dock to the mooring. Too rough to get out to the boat, then we don't go. So far has only happened once, 40+ kt wind.

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Not on 8/21/08.........Tropical Storm Fay is going to drop by for a visit.....LOLOLOLOLOLOL
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Here in Gloucester, it’s said that the Italian fishermen go to the fish pier in the morning and light a cigarette lighter. If the wind blows the flame out, they stay home. The Portuguese on the other hand use a blow torch!

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The previous answers have it pretty well, it's all about the crew! However, there is one other problem that will keep me ashore -- if the temperature is over 100F and relative humidity over 90%, (which happens sometimes in St Louis) I could drown in my own sweat! In that case, keep the A C connected to shore power and do some serious beer drinking! Although I'd rather be sailing, it's better to be on the boat than not!

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I don't go out at anytime I don't feel comfortable with being out.

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But we all know the Portagees are crazy. They're just as bad in New Bedford.
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Here in Gloucester, it’s said that the Italian fishermen go to the fish pier in the morning and light a cigarette lighter. If the wind blows the flame out, they stay home. The Portuguese on the other hand use a blow torch!

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Yes, the Portuguese are crazy, but they make delicious linguica. Also known as Hawaiian sausage. I am both a Portagee, and Hawaiian, so linguica is one of my favorite foods.....LOLOLOLOLOL
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This is even tougher for trailor sailors who don't get out all that often. The days are generally planned well in advance. You go through a lot of prep and drive a couple of hours (or more; sometimes much more) to get to the water and once you are there, all you have is your vehicle and your boat; there isn't much else to do. If there is a named storm or other major system, you might know it in advance and change your plans. but when you get there and see dark clouds or other potentially ominous signs, it's a tough call. I like 10-15 knot winds best; I would not take the kids out in 20 or more and I am usually with the kids. I regretted launching in very light winds on the lake a couple of times last year. This year I have been sticking with the coastal inlets and usually had plenty of wind and shoreline to hug if it got too strong.

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Dang...that explains a lot...
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Yes, the Portuguese are crazy, but they make delicious linguica. Also known as Hawaiian sausage. I am both a Portagee, and Hawaiian, so linguica is one of my favorite foods.....LOLOLOLOLOL

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