We have just completed a 400 mile passage from the Tasman Peninsula on the SE corner of Tasmania to Eden on the SE corner of NSW. We usually do this passage over a week or two with day sails, but a weather window opened for down wind and reach sailing all the way with winds in the 20-25kn range. So, short on time, we decided to take it. We had 18hrs down wind poled out plus Solent, then shifting to a broad reach for much of the trip. Bass Strait is notorious for fairly rough conditions and for about 24hrs we had 2m to 3m swells and wind waves from 3 directions making it pretty unpleasant. The Outbound performs incredibly well in all conditions. It is quite amazing that after setting the course and the sails, the boat looks after itself and her crew with virtually no intervention. Even when the wind pipes up +50%, she does not complain. Good watch keeping practice dictates that someone should always be on watch, but there are times when we are in low traffic areas and I can take naps relying on AIS and radar alarms, with complete confidence in the boat – even with auto-pilot steering down wind while poled out. This was rarely possible with our previous boat. The Outbound feels very solid and pushes through most seas with ease. We regularly get real 8’s and 9’s with 20+ apparent (and up to 16kn surfing the swells).. At the end of a long passage we have the usual weariness from lack of good sleep, but never physically exhausted due to the demands of managing the boat.
The attached picture shows Suzanne at the bow enjoying one of our rare motoring passages as we approach the Hole in the Wall between the Tasman Peninsula and Tasman Island, more time to appreciate the stunning scenery!
Thanks for building us such a great boat.