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25 knots and 4-6 foot seas are just starting to be fun conditions IMHO... Most of my friends and guests likes sailing in conditions like that and worse.
But we're all crazy.
My favorite days are the ones with 20-25 knots of wind and 4-6 seas... If the wind picks up much more, I'll start to reef down the sails. In fact, I just had a third reefing point added to the mainsail, since we sail in what most people call horrible conditions so often.
Originally Posted by DrB
Here is one of those open end general questions that folks can weigh in one with all the caveats:
When is there too much much wind or seas to go out for you?
For me and our 33 ft boat its around 25 kts with 4 to 6 foot seas. Not that I can't do it, I, and most of my friends and guests, find it not enjoyable after a while. The boat will handle it fine, but after a while the constant pounding and motion becomes tiresome. 25 kts in flat seas is okay by itself, but not much more. Seas over 6 feet, no matter how optimal the wind (for our boat) is just not fun for the Admiral, me , and any of our crew.
My optimal range is 10 to 15 kts of steady breeze. Basically I hate reefing a lot. Once over 20, I need to do something with the sails to correct the helm. 0 to 1 foot seas with 15 kt steady winds is heaven.
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