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It''s getting hard to link responses to queries--time to start some new topics!

Two related queries--ideal wind speed for comfortable sailing, and boathandling in heavy weather.

My vote for ideal wind speed is 7 knots. I don''t go out for excitement, but relaxation, and 7 knots is usually ideal. I can reach hull speed and not have to worry about accidental jibes and large waves.

But everyone has a different view of ideal. Yesterday it was blowing 17 and gusting in the 20s, and my wife was delighted to whomp through the waves and feel the wind and spray. Unfortunately, an accidental jibe in a strong gust broke the gaff, so we spent most of the day motoring and it looks like the sailing season is coming to a forced close earlier than I would have ended it otherwise.
 

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Jeff,

Thanks for the wealth of info! I was responding to a couple different messages under learning to sail, and didn''t have an agenda in mind, though you have certainly provided lots of content to pursue all sorts of related issues.

What boat do you sail?

Cheers,
Bruce
 

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Hi There.
I would like to thank you for your wide Explanation to Sailing with an ideal wind.
My name is Ernest and I am prety new in the world of sailing, I am taking Sailing classes with my wife, in a 20'' Catalina, and so far after our second class it seems easy to handle, but when it come to our boat things get a little complicated. We have a 1977 68'' motor-sail ( Alden ) with two Masts, and many more sails. and my question is. will I be able to sail this large boat, in blue waters, the same way, that the small Catalina ?. Or should we get also sailing lessons with a similar large ship ?
Dear Jeff and Bruce, you guys sounds veeery enlightened, and I thank you, for your valuable time, to help us.

Ernest. Stella Maris. Miami FL
 

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Dear Jeff.
Let me introduce my self and my crew. I''ve been in power boats all my live, and I have crused the bahamas many times before, I am not the best there is, but I know my ways around. My first mate is my wife, she has never been in open water, and the rest of them, my beatiful daugther Indira 14, and the intrepid of Kevin 5 years old. It mght sound crazy, and it maybe is, but that is something we want to do.
I am looking also for a reliable couple with experience in a large boats, to crew them with us, or a Captain, a very especial one, since we will be traveling with my family, in that way, we all can learn better over the path.
I take my hat off respectfuly, and thank you, for your always wise advise, Thank you in the name of my family.

Ernest & Inova + Kids
Stella Maris. Miami, FL

Excuse my writing. I am Spanish educated
 
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