"we should start with a review: You have identified where you are going for shelter. You've actually been there and scoped and sounded the whole place out. You have a hidey hole ashore lined up, because you know you aren't Sterling Hayden or Naomi James and there is no useful work you can do aboard in 70 knots of wind. You have looked at all the backing pads on your cleats and replaced them with both larger-in-area and thicker pads, and new through-bolts as well, because the least sign of rust on a stain-"less" fitting has raised grave doubts about whether it can withstand 16,000 pounds of pull in 85 knots. You have taken your roller furling headsail off, so you know everything works, and, if you have a roller furling main, you have taken it off too.
(Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 12, 2004 )
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