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T1: Tom T. House
Remote Name: 18.104.22.168
Date: 08 Aug 2006
Time: 19:35:20 -0400
Well, after being on the road, I'm now again stuck in the office and ready to pose a few more Stiletto related questions. While cruising on the Stiletto 27 I've always tried to have a variety of options in mind, if the weather turns sour. Even with that in mind, I've been "caught" a few times in open water and heavy winds on my Stiletto 27, with no shore of any sort for 80 miles or so. This has lead me to a few questions. Though I've never yet reefed my main, it has reefing cringles for the sail's down haul and out haul. However the sail has no reef points (or reef ties) in between. I wondered if any of you have dealt with how to roll and secure the sail's excess material below these reef points so it is out of the way and doesn't have the possibility of unrolling, being in the way and/or catching air and becoming a problem in a blow? I suppose I could use some 1/4 inch line or something similar to secure the ends of the roll to the boom. What do you guys do? Also, when caught off shore and in a blow, I figured if it got progressively worse and I couldn't make the shelter of a friendly harbor, my evolving options would be something like, as follows: First option: Sailed tight to weather to depower the boat and just waited it out. On one cruise I did this for six hours, a few miles or so off the lee of an off shore island and essentially just parked the boat, maintaining just enough headway to maintain steerage. However if the storm's low would have passed close by, causing the wind to clock around 180, I would have hated the lee shore as it became the windward side of the island, with me being driven towards it... Second option: Strike the Genoa and run a blade or storm jib.... Third option: Reef the main to further depower the boat Fouth option: Strike the storm jib, to make the boat simpler to run.... Fifth option: Tighten the running backstays, strike the main, hoist a blade jib to help maintain control and turn the boat down wind and then run before the storm. Sixth option: Strike the blade jib and run bear pole down wind. Seventh option: Trail warps or a small (say 8 ft. parachute) drogue. Eighth option: Set a series drogue, secure everything ... go below and eat peaches...which taste about as good going down as coming up and wait it out in the other hull because my wife is screaming in first hull...something about "I told you so...". Do you Ron or any of you other guys have any comments on these options, the order of the options or and other suggestions for storm tactics while cruising a Stiletto 27....???