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Re: Staying behind the wheel

p.s. I sailed from Cuttyhunk to Narragansett Bay on Sun. Good wind, somewhat confused sea, maybe 3 or 4 footers. Nice Southerly so made it on one tack.

You say you were 20 east of Martha's Vineyard, but that would put you closer to Nantucket, as a better reference. Did you mean West?
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Re: Staying behind the wheel

We hand-steered a Pearson 365 Ketch across the Gulf of Alaska in early Septembeer a couple of years back. Lacking a dedicated padeye, we clipped into the backstays (I believe) while on watch.
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Re: Staying behind the wheel

Was the boat equipped with an autopilot? Wouldn't work in those conditions?
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Was the boat equipped with an autopilot? Wouldn't work in those conditions?
It did have an autohelm but it was useless in those conditions.
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This is the track at the end. For some reason I lost the track at the MD start.
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So you went through Muskeget Channel. I think it helps explain the confused seas...
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...Remind me...did you go through there in the dark?
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Re: Staying behind the wheel

We had one short trip, 20 miles, that took us 10 hours. The waves were 8-10 feet and SQUARE. Coming from both dead ahead and dead abeam. The prop was coming out of the water as we tried to motor directly into the 35 knot wind. The only way to steer was to stand behind the wheel with our legs wide, all the way apart until our feet were braced against the sides of the cockpit sole.
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Re: Staying behind the wheel

I suppose if you had an arch you could install some bungees, or even install them across the cockpit, but wrt permanent positions? One of the curvy helm seats, and a couple of foot blocks placed so you can brace your feet, are about all I've seen. You *could* easily do something like the rib supports on a real bucket seat, but then you'd need to be willing to install at least the mounting points on a permanent basis. Unless you're going to be doing this every week, I'm not sure it is worth looking into.
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Unless you're going to be doing this every week, I'm not sure it is worth looking into.
If sailing was like that every week I would pick something else.
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So you went through Muskeget Channel. I think it helps explain the confused seas...
Nice Job!!

...Remind me...did you go through there in the dark?

They purposely timed things so it was getting light as we neared land.

My watch was in the dead of night, I was going about 2 to 4 knots. That probably explains the poor helm as the boat was going so slow and even stopping so often.
Their idea was to rest up while I fought the storm and effectively held position and crawled toward land till daybreak.
At daybreak the storm was over and it was calm and we just motored in the last 15 miles or so.

It probably was an OK decision because otherwise we would have been about 30 mile further from our destination if we ran off all night.
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