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Offline gmerrill

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legacy wind capacity
« on: December 14, 2009, 10:19:28 AM »
I have owned a legacy for a couple of years.  my sailing experience amounts to small bays and rivers.  the bay i sail in is about 12 miles
long and 5 miles wide.  When i have been out in 15 knot winds the boat seems to handle it well and there are no swells as we are in a bay.
there are days forecasting 20 to 25 knot winds.  should i venture out in this by myself or should i have a mate to help under these conditions.
i believe the boat could handle it if i could.  can anyone share with me there experience.

thanks
greg
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Re: legacy wind capacity
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2009, 10:27:21 AM »
Greg,

Its always a good idea to have some one with you if you have any doubts or concerns and besides, its always fun to have some else to share the fun with.

Glenn B.


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Re: legacy wind capacity
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2009, 10:16:51 PM »
Hi Greg,

Nice to hear of another Legacy owner on here. Doesn't seem to be many of us yet. I'd like to hear about your experience with your boat so far. I bought mine at the end of our sailing season this last year so haven't had the pleasure of, you know, actually sailing it yet :(

re: your original question, what Glenn said. If I had any concern about the conditions, a second person would prove very helpful. That said, someone else will need to comment if they have sailed their CP16 in 20-25 knot winds.

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Re: legacy wind capacity
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2009, 08:01:01 AM »
A second person...? it depends. Can be a great help or can be part of the problem. My philosophy when sailing in a small boats as a skipper is not to sail in conditions that I could not comfortably resolve alone. 20-25 knots can be enjoyable or a nightmare and two people may experience those two opposites while sailing together and at the same time. Bringing to the boat a more experienced sailor poses the question as to who shall be the skipper. If it is decided that the visitor will have skipper responsibilities then assist him/her and enjoy the ride (and learn as much as you can).  Otherwise, unless he/she is regular crew, I would not want to have to depend on their response to cope in stressful situations. Personally, I tend to take occasional sailing companions only in good conditions, but prefer to cope with the harsh ones alone. Depending on the boat, the waves and the crew, 20-25 knots could be either. That having been said nothing beats an able boat/soul-mate onboard.

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Re: legacy wind capacity
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2009, 08:26:07 AM »
My very first Com-Pac ride in 1999 was on Peanut Butter with her skipper. A big blow to say the least in the Bay of Green Bay. Scared to death was I while the skipper was just taking it all in. The waves rolled and in the low I could not see over the frothy white cap being blown off. And when on top I did not want to see very far either.
It was so much fun I became a believer that morning, good thing it was warm air and water 'cause what what water came over, came out the pant cuffs.
I kept expecting my blow-up PFD to explode open at any second. But it didn't.

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Re: legacy wind capacity
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2009, 08:30:56 AM »
old adage"beware of winds greater than your boat length".....Phil

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Re: legacy wind capacity
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2009, 08:40:39 AM »
old adage"beware of winds greater than your boat length".....Phil
Sounds like a good rule of measurement.

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greg

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Re: legacy wind capacity
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2009, 08:50:50 AM »
thanks for the input.  There doesn't seem to be a lot of legacy's out there.  So far I've been happy with  the quality of my boat.  The guys at Hutchin's
aregre always availible and willing to respond to your questions which is really important to me.  The one thing i have trouble dealing with is coming out
or into the entrance or exit of Ole River which comes down to our condo.  The cross currents and winds push toward the banks or the small island that are between me and getting into the canal out to the Bay.  I run out of room to manuever and wind uphaving to crank up and motor through this particular
area.  Everytime I crank up my motor i feel like a failure as a sailor.  I was wondering because my boat is so light that the currents have more of an effect
upon me than would a heavier boat and are there suggestions for getting me through these types of situations.  I have read many articles where they
say sometimes you just have to crank the motor. 




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Re: legacy wind capacity
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2009, 09:27:53 AM »
Never feel guilty about using the motor, that's whats there for. The safety of the crew and boat are more important than macho sailors .....Phil

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Re: legacy wind capacity
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2009, 11:00:24 AM »
Every live & healthy sailor on a happy floating boat is a successful sailor regardless of what he/she may have done to keep them both that way... and the fact that your boat is light does not make it more susceptible to currents, to winds yes, and your boat may have more leeway or be blown away, but currents also affect heavier boats.  Also, unless your boat planes do not count on the motor for overcoming strong currents as its top speed will not be much more than its hull speed (for the Legacy I'd guess not much more than 4 kts?).

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Re: legacy wind capacity
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2009, 12:30:50 PM »
thanks for the wisdom and encouragement

Greg

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Re: legacy wind capacity
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2009, 10:22:30 PM »
   ive sailed my cp16 in 20mph wind gusting a bit more. she wanted to round up and i would have to say a little more weight (ie crew) on the windward side would have been welcome. i rolled in the jib but didnt reef the main ( a little much singlehanded in those conditions. im a better sailor for the expierence but not something i would want to do every time out. i dont think these little buggers can be knocked down unless broached. at least i have never heard of that  happening to a com-pac
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