So, two days ago I submerged the combings on my CP 16 and got water in the cabin. The long and short of it is I had too much sail up when I got blindsided by a terrific gust that laid me over and swamped the cockpit. My instinctive reaction was to let the tiller go and let the boat round up to take the pressure off the sails. This worked like a charm except that it seemed to exacerbate the flooding. Also, there was a fair current flowing through the whole mess and dumped water into the cabin like a fire hose. Fortunately the boat popped up so fast that I couldn't believe it. The whole thing was over in a couple seconds, but it left me ankle deep in the cockpit and it didn't seem like the scuppers wanted to clear the water very fast. By the time I had the genoa rolled up, the water was almost gone from the cockpit, so I guess it wasn't that bad. I doused the main and did an inspection to see if I had a flooded cabin. I couldn't find any wet spots which amazed me after seeing all that water pouring in there just a couple minutes ago. Later I discovered that all the water flowed onto the cabin sides and the bunk pads soaked it all up. Whew! I was out on Lake Superior when this happened and I figured I should head in, so I fired up good ole Yamaha-san and motored in to the safe harbor.
Upon reflection, I wonder if I should have stayed on my side without rounding up and kept the same course to wait out the gust, or if rounding up was the right thing to do. I have a new policy for my 16 now that if I have to feather the genoa to keep her on her feet it is time to roll it up. I also will reinstate my old policy of closing up the cabin in anything but light air. If I had left at least the bottom wash board in, I probably wouldn't have gotten any water in the cabin.
Anyway, has this happened to anyone here? I would like a little input on this because this isn't the first time I have been in this situation.