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I've often wondered how powerful one of those is. With all the water in them they must be heavy - does that make them more destructive than tornadoes or does it slow them down or what? What would it do to a sailboat hit by one?

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I've often wondered how powerful one of those is. With all the water in them they must be heavy - does that make them more destructive than tornadoes or does it slow them down or what? What would it do to a sailboat hit by one?

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Anybody want to find out??;)
 

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I've often wondered how powerful one of those is. With all the water in them they must be heavy - does that make them more destructive than tornadoes or does it slow them down or what? What would it do to a sailboat hit by one?

Anybody know?
It is not uncommon for ocean racing boats (Volvo RTWR, Sydney/Hobart) to have waterspouts go right over the top of them without substantial damage. I recall reading one account where two sailors stayed in the cockpit and sent the rest below, harnessed themselves in and when the waterspout went over them they were lifted off the boat to the limits of their harnesses and stayed there until it went by.

But most (maybe all) of the accounts speak of the minor damage being taken care of and sailing on, some even winning their race/leg.

Have a look at this as an example:

Yachting: Skipper's fear inside `twister' - Telegraph
 
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