On my monhull sailboat, a 28 foot center cockpit sloop, there is enough weather helm that if I left the boat to it's own devices it will head up and luff in the wind. While I do not consider this a primary safety measure, it is nice to know.
When I am on the Wave and I am screaming along on a nice fast reach the boat seems so well balanced that when I take my hand from the tiller bar and leave the boat to it's own....she just keeps going. Same heading and same speed. I have tried this many times over different days.
What happens if I fell off the boat? It seems that she would just keep on her last course and speed. Aside from the fact that I would be floating in the bay with little way back home....I am concerned about the Wave crashing into something or someone at some point at a pretty good speed.
Does anyone have thoughts or experience with this?
If your concerned over loosing your new wave, simply use a safety cord around the ankle or wrist.The wave will turn into the wind and luff until it comes about on it's own and then repeats.Falling off a boat is a real concern and you should attend to the possibility of it happening. Ben