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Crossing Cape Hatteras in a Raging Storm

November 20, 2014

We transited Cape Hatteras Thursday night during a very strong cold frontal passage with wind gusts as high as 49 knots. Seas built very quickly to 7 to 9 feet with sustained winds of 30 to 35 knots. All this happened as we were circumventing Diamond Shoal, which puts us at least 7 miles offshore and required course changes encompassing 270 degrees. We went from a following sea to a quartering sea to beam sea to another quartering sea to a head sea at the height of the storm. 

Notwithstanding the flaw in my judgment for being out there (I took a calculated risk), the 63 showed no flaws in terms of its sea keeping regardless of the point of sail. The experience is almost surreal. You cannot hear the roar of the wind due to the boat's amazing quietness and since it was night, it was hard to see the wave heights. The boat just moved through the turbulence with sure footed stability. 

Sir, you and your team build an amazing boat. I was confident that the 63 could handle heavy seas when I bought it but now I know from experience how stable she is. While I will continue to adhere to my conservative approach to heavy weather I will have the confidence that should the unexpected happen the boat can handle it.


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