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1984 Marine Trader 40 Sundeck Model

My Move to the Dark Side By Mike J. Liles

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he storm was not a bad storm as storms go; the lightning was in the distance and the wind never got over 30 knots. What had started off as a nice, calm crossing from the Pensacola cut to Tarpon Springs was now becoming a lot of work. I called for a reef just before midnight, after considering it for about an hour. The old saying, “Reef when you first think about it,” came to mind, because just as

we were getting the sail ties ready, the main blew out at the first seam. The mainsail was the original to the boat, and although I had babied it, it was still all used up. We reefed it at the rip and continued on for about an hour, maintaining hull speed, and then the wind dropped to nothing. We let out the roller on the headsail and started the engine. We were now motor-sailing to our destination, nothing more than a

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