If your boat gets knocked down by a 30ft wave in a hurricane, what happens below decks, and how can you prepare for it?

While the carpenters and stainless team work on the last details of our hard dodger, we’re busy fitting bolts, hoses and more bilge pumps inside our sailboat in an effort to minimise the damage that will happen if we broach in a typhoon during our passage across the Pacific to Alaska and Canada.

It’s not just the deck which will get smashed, but everything below. In a harrowing account of what happened aboard SV Kelaerin, we have learned some valuable lessons. You can read more details of their story on our blog here.

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“For 50 years Heavy Weather Sailing has been regarded as the ultimate international authority on surviving storms at sea aboard sailing and motor vessels.”
– Bloomsbury
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– Pete Goss
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– Practical Boat Owner
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– Yachting World

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Peace and fair winds!

Liz, Jamie and Millie xxx


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  1. Have you read Tom and Vicky Jackson articles in occ flying fish and elsewhere. They have done the trip 3 times

    Are you in the ocean Cruising Club?

    1. Sounds very interesting. Can you send a link? No, we considered it, but are not in the Cruising Club because we weren’t sure about the benefits… Are you, and would you advise joining? Cheers!

  2. I noticed on your most recent episode where you discussed your bilge routing and other items. You mentioned the installation of zip ties and even showed a few. I might recommend that you cut those ends flush to and as close to the lock as possible. Those sharp diagonal ends are like little knives just waiting to slice your hands when you are working in those tight spaces.

    1. You are so right on that one, Russ. A number of people have said the same thing, someone suggesting that taking a flame to the end helps round them off so they won’t cut. At some point, I intend to do this!

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