Calling for gust to 60 knots on the Chesapeake Friday into Saturday
25ft, the Data sheet says it a comparatively more stable than others its size... but I am not very expierencedI forgot what size boat you got was it a 22? When we had a 21 foot trailer sailer, we could not go out on 15 to 20 days either. We had limited sail options and the boat was just too tender. It could almost blow along with no sails, like a leaf. It was not fun at all and almost ruined my wife for sailing.
We're a double spreader rig, too. But when the wind gets up in a slip or on the hard, she sings like a banshee! Fortunately, the former owner had a RFIM slot cover, so I can stop it if I wish.I've got a double spreader rig with lots of shrouds lined up like guitar strings and the boat faces into the wind at the slip. I warned a neighbor who lived abroad that when the wind hits 25 kts it starts to "moan" like a freakin' haunted house. He shrugged it off until one really windy night when he said it scared his dog.
As it implies in my signature below, and IMO, a boat's ground tackle is the most important ancillary equipment on a boat. Even more so than an engine. It is also the best insurance policy one can have.If you get back to your marina and the conditions make you doubt that you can get into your slip safely, you don't have to even try. You can simply anchor outside somewhere and wait for the wind to abate. When a common summer storm passes over, you might only have to wait an hour. It's better than damaging your boat, or your neighbor's.
Sail within your own limitations. Don't forget that, with a sailboat you have lots of options. If you feel uncomfortable sailing, take the sails down and motor, or anchor. If you get caught in a severe storm on the Chesapeake, for example, get into the lee of land anywhere and anchor, If the wind is out of the west, anyplace near the western shore will provide some shelter from the wind and much smaller waves, especially if the shore has high bluffs or tall trees. If you have adequate ground tackle, it'll hold the boat. If your ground tackle is doubtful, upgrade it. It might be your last resort to get you out of a bad situation.
It was like 9 to 10 knts there were some gusts up to 15, and yeah about a foot of chop i guess..never got my main up, but 4kts never seemed so fast, also I docked pretty well..didn't hit a soul, even with the gustsgreat!
what were the conditions (wind, sea state., etc) looks like 10-15 1 ft chop?
Great! We wanted to go out, but chores needed doing. Glad you made it out there, each time should get a little easier for you.Got out this morning, was a window between 9 and 2, and apparently everyone else had the same idea... very busy, but the 15 minutes out of the two hours I was not motoring, floundering, running on a sandbar,, figuring out how I tangled my lines, or how i screwed up my headsail, somehow, those 15 minutes were perfect
I was not solo, my wife was there,the main line ended up tangled and we could not get it up and she was scared to take the helm so I could get up and untangle it, So it is very simuliar to being solo as she thought I was worrying to much and "lecturing her" when I try to explain what we need to do and going out with a plan on raising etc. , the good part is now she does not think I worry too much, and has agreed to take a classI assume you just unfurled the jib because it was the easiest thing to do solo. How are you getting the main up and down by yourself without an autopilot? Just curious.