I'm glad to hear you had fun. It sounds like you and your crew need to learn to sail from the trapeze. On the other hand, sailing in winds that are 25 and up isn't fun for anyone. If there's too much chop and your crew isn't experienced then you'll have days like you described. If you sail to the southern end of the lake the chop isn't as bad.
After such rough conditions, it got me to thinking. How many people, even without signs of stress in the hulls, add the anchor plate kits? From my reading, I gather that the early boats were fairly strong in those areas but I may just do it over the winter anyway. Thoughts?
Apparently the anchor plate kits are for boats made from 1984+ since the hulls were made lighter by making them thinner. They may be unnecessary for your boat.