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Taipan 28 - How well offshore?
Well, I am happy to report that all this theory finally went to the test. Despite Jeff''s concerns, the Taipan just survived up to 11-meter waves and Force 10-11 winds as she (we) inadvertently sailed through a fast developing typhoon in the South China Sea (at one point we were less than 20 nautical miles from the center). The boat performed spectacularly. Despite confused and breaking seas that should have rolled us on at least one occasion, she was incredibly resistant to a knockdown. Once, we went over 90 degrees, but she popped right back up. We were pooped numerous times, but her small cockpit drained quickly and the water didn''t seriously affect her ability to stay pointed. After dismasting, her full keel kept us safely off Vietnam''s lee shore until conditions settled and we were able to motor into Da Nang.
I would never voluntarily tackle those extreme conditions again, but if I were forced to, I''d do it in this boat.