Join Date: May 2012
Location: Toms River NJ
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I dropped the sails and fired up the outboard which, at that point, running bare poles I was still healing over. I managed to make it to a cove and drop anchor then secured the rudder to the stern cleat so I wouldn't lose her completely. It's a Santana that's water ballast and swing centerboard so after it passed, I beached the bow and was able to disassemble the rudder post which is a thru hull very simply . We generally get pop up storm that lasts an hour or so that I will sail through but this was different. I went below to grab a beer and listen check the weather since I could feel the storm coming up, and by the time I popped my head back out I saw the darkest wall of clouds I've ever seen in my area, followed by boats racing to get home. I dropped the main and lashed her up and was running 1/2 jib headed for the cove anyhow since I knew I wasn't going to make it to the marina and if I did, I didn't want to be docking during this so riding it out was the only choice. I knew it was going to be really bad when the coast guard rib was telling people to get to shelter over their PA system. I was riding it out fine on the jib alone when she broached like I'd never felt before and with no rudder input, I looked over the transom and saw it folded up at the swing pivot. So, I had to furl the jib in and make sure I didn't get the loose rudder into the prop. They WX didn't even mention the storm until I was at bare poles and in the Barnegat bay, it's really shallow so there's no rolling swell, it's just hard chop slamming over the gunwales. Anyhow, was just another day and afterward the CG came to check on me and said a dozen or so boats were beaches on some of the marshes that either dragged anchor or ran aground because of zero viz. it was blowing every bit of 60kts for about 30 mins at the height of the gale.
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Last edited by DivingOtter; 04-24-2016 at 01:28 PM.