Look I'm sure this topic has been done to death in the past but it's good to refresh these sometimes. Glad you bought it up again Chaos and seing we have an Old Salt and an Admiral's experience in the discussion ( don't go bark'n orders you 2 ) we should get some concensis. On this trip bacK from Pulbah Island ( viewtopic.php?f=70&t=18539
) I know it was somewhere above 20 knots. As I said in the thread, I had no daggerboard so it's probably not a good example, but the rudder was requiring thumb pressure to keep it straight and even after furling the sail in a fair way, it still required thumb pressure. Being a lake, the water suface had little swell but the distance between waves were at there usual 3-4 meters so the faster I went, the rougher and more submerged I became. Great fun but the novelty of holding my breath wore off after a while ( being Australian I exagerate alot ).
My question is, has anyone ever heard of breakages due to too much wind ? The AI almost feels indestructable but which bit is the first bit to break in a big wind ? I'd guess that the bullet block fitting would pull out of the hull before the mast broke ?
Don't take life too seriously................it ain't permanent.