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post #729 of Old 07-07-2018
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

It’s a short enough hop that a preventer was too much trouble. We were downwind, but not DDW. We avoided DDW by keeping the wind off the starboard quarter, then gybed back before we got in the western shipping lanes. The second leg was more pleasant because chop was more directly behind us even though wind was well off the stern port quarter. But it all needed hand steering because the periodicity of the swells causes autopilot to oscillate wildly no matter how I tweak gain.

Boat is tall mast version, 3’ taller than standard, but no bow sprit. Spreaders straight sideways.

Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, OUPV and 50 Ton Master
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