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Disadvantages. In serious wind and seas, a monohull sailor can, if absolutely exhausted and no longer able to steer, strike all sail, lock all hatches, and go below to wait it out and hope for the best. A well-found boat will most likely allow this. The boat will roll around like a cork, and even if it rolls 360 degrees it should be ok, as long as the mast doesn't break off and put a hole in the boat. A Multihull in huge seas, however, must always have a helmsman, or some other way to keep the boat pointed into the...

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A monkey's fist or monkey paw is a type of knot, so named because it looks somewhat like a small bunched fist/paw. It is tied at the end of a rope to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw. The knot is usually tied around a small weight, such as a stone, marble.The Monkey's Fist is used every day by ships, tugs and boats to carry a messenger line to a distant wharf or dock. A larger line is bent (sailing term for tie) on to the messenger line and hauled in. With one line secure the captain...

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In this post we have Sailing Theory, Sailing Terms and Weather- The Sea Breeze. Please feel free to comment on anything here and visit our Web Site for a free Rules of the Road download!Sailing Theory (An Excerpt from our Learn to Sail CDROM) The sum of all wind pressure on the sail is called wind force. The center of that force, which is above the water, is called the center of effort (CE).The center of the force below the surface of the water is calledthe center of lateral resistance (CLR). This is the point where all the boat's resistance to...

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The Disadvantages and Sailing Terms Disadvantages— In serious wind and seas, a monohull sailor can, if absolutely exhausted and no longer able to steer, strike all sail, lock all hatches, and go below to wait it out and hope for the best. A well-found boat will most likely allow this. The boat will roll around like a cork, and even if it rolls 360 degrees it should be ok, as long as the mast doesn’t break off and put a hole in the boat. A Multihull in huge seas, however, must always have a helmsman, or some other way to...

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