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You can rely on them . It's what decisions do you make based on the data they give you.

 

Would you attempt a 100m entrance in zero visibility with gps? Gps plus radar? But what do you gain by doing so and what do you risk? Whats wrong with heaving to till dawn anyway?

 

These are human decisions that too many get wrong.

Just GPS that's one source, GPS and Radar, better, but that's 2 sources. It's night, so eyeball is no good in an unlit entry.

 

GPS and Radar agree, and fwd scanning sonar all agree with chart? I'd still be reluctant 1st time through there at night. Might try it in calm conditions, if any of those things disagreed at all, no way.

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experiment... shows for me ,Photobucket is working again ( for how long I don't know). I always liked this photo taken when we were hove to off the Kermadecs on my mates 46 ft Davidson.

Usually windy days and high sea states don't really show up that way in photos, but this kind of captures the feel eh.

 

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Thank you for that BP. As you know I have  a cav 32 too so invaluable info!!!!

 

I will try this as soon as I get a chance. So far I heaved to with the jib on....obviously not in heavy conditions, just too take a break and have some food... or fishing...hahha

 

cheers!

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Hi team, I have a Whiting 29 - any recommendations for a drogue for this size/type of yacht?

 

One of those things I'II probably never use - but will need if I don't have one  :wtf:

 

I'm not going off shore, just tootling around the gulf, up to BOI maybe and hopefully the mercs.

But it can get nasty in the gulf - it's those short steep seas you get that throw mine sideways or down the hole...........

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Control Device KM.

To set the scene, last year came back from Gt Barrier with a steep sea and 25 knots - both up the stern, crewing on my mates Beneteau 35 footer.

 The seas picked her up and tried to either throw her sideways or run her down the front of the bigger waves into the trough nose first.

Never felt in control, felt to me that we were going to fast..........but I could be wrong.........I've not a lot of experience in the bigger seas.I tend to cruise innner gulf and only venture further in good conditions. Which can turn to custard as we all know.

 

I know it's completely different hull shape to mine.

 

I'm planning on trying a few things next time I get into some similar conditions in order to see what works.

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100 m or so of line towed in a bight off each quarter would slow things down considerably and easy to retrieve later. I have a Jordan series drogue to try but I wouldn’t use it in the gulf as they can be hard to pull back in , not something you would put out for an hour or 3.

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Thanks TL. I'll try that. Might even just play with that in lighter conditions to see what the effects are.

 

So you agree that slowing down is the correct way to go?

 

I'd try to go faster than the seas but I've yet to add the foils  ;-)

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