August 4, 2009

It turns out that 12.5 knots down wind is a bit too fast. The rhythm we had at 10 knots changed. The waves roared and splashed up over the stern and into our cockpit, the wimpy little auto-pilot became erratic and the boat got too noisy.
At 10 knots we could all relax. Maia could play with her dolls, Charlie the cat was content, Evan and I could read.
So we slowed down.


Google said...

You have a sail to slow you down?

And you still have that cat?

Diane, Evan, Maia and Charlie the cat said...

This was our sail from yesterday. We had between 15-20 knots of wind on the stern quarter with 3 ft folloing seas and with the Spinnaker were comfortable averaging 10 knots. But we started hitting 12.5 knots the wimpy auto-pilot couldn't hold us and we cork-screwed a bit. We ended up dousing the spinnaker and using the jib only.

boatbaby said...

I am still confused, what happened? It just got too fast and you decided to douse? Where's the punchline here?
Inquiring boat nerds want to know.
(Pretty chute by the way!!)

Diane, Evan, Maia and Charlie the cat said...

The autopilot couldn't keep a straight course (we're using our rather undersized Autohelm 1000 until we calibrate the 4000). And the outboard motor bracket was too low in the water and deflecting water into the cockpit