Small-boat expert Chris Fertig highlights four important areas to be aware of when running offshore or in rough water.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series about sailboat sea trials.
The sea trial is your chance to determine how a prospective boat performs. Last month I discussed the conditions the boat should be taken out in, putting her through her paces, how she sails, how she handles under power alone, and more. But the sea trial is also an opportunity to “live the boat.”
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A sea trial often is just an excuse for a pleasurable boat ride. Instead, it should be a disciplined and thorough test of how a prospective boat performs in the real world. It can be fun, but it should be work, not play. You and your surveyor will have crawled through the boat ashore, but there are many things about a boat that you can’t learn sitting at a dock.
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