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Dave King

Ahoy Dick & Libby,
Why is no one answering this question?
55 knots is a lot of wind.
I have been out there twice in 50 knots. This is my experience. You may have to read between some lines.
50 knots is sailable. On one occasion I was just going to hoist the storm sails when I realized I was doing 5+ knots with nothing up. As I was going down wind anyway and the windvane was steering, I just continued on under bare pole. There was no problem. On another occasion Ruth and I were sailing upwind and wanted badly to get somewhere. We beat into it under reefed staysail and double reefed main. Please note that our 2nd reef is Very deep. We were able to hold onto a course about 85 degrees off wind.
The most wind I've hove-to in was about 45 knots. We did that just to rest as we weren't making too good of progress anyway. At that time we hove-to with a reefed staysail and double reefed main. If the wind had been stronger we were prepared to hove-to with a storm jib (on the inner stay) and the trysail. The W-32 will hove-to pretty good with the helm tied down. We were making about 1 knot in 40 knots of wind and the boat was fairly quiet.
The next time I'm out in 55+knots, I'll try hoving-to and get back to you with the details. Good Luck, Dave

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