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We were bringing Fate back to Charleston March 3rd from Wrightsville Beach, and had to sail through the gale that produced the Tornado's and deaths on land... for about 5 hours during the middle of the night the winds were gusting up to 45 knots NW, heavy rains with temps in the 40s, we couldn't see the waves but the spray was blowing sideways and the noise was loud... in the morning the winds shifted SW starting out around 20kts and eventually steady 30 with higher gusts right on the nose. Half the crew had zero experience or was sick so I kept sails small and didnt try to push the boat hard but I still didn't get any sleep. The boat handled great with no problems, even after flooding the cockpit a few times during the night when we got overpowered by the strongest gusts. Just wish I had night vision cameras to catch the worst of it.

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yes, it has never been an issue, it is pretty large and probably comes in to effect when the boat is healed hard but it was ok. The forecast was for NW 30kts, we were not expecting 45kts.. When the boat heals, you can tell that the bimini catches wind and could possibly help round the boat up, it is probably 100sqft. The boat would probably have better performance without it. As far as a fully enclosed cockpit, I have seen plenty but would never do that to a boat, that windage on that would be even worse, but would be damn comfortable sailing in in your underwear when its raining and cold out.
 

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The worst part of our trip was not the 45kt winds but the narrow Charleston Jetties. The wind was coming right down the channel gusting high 30s with and ebb tide of 3kts. We had no choice but to motor and we could at best make 3kts..
 
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