Heavy Weather

Dangerous Squalls and Squall Lines 

You're cruising with friends on inshore waters and are suddenly confronted with what has become known as “severe weather”, usually a line of discrete cells, any one of which is capable of producing straight line winds over 50 knots.  The cells we are talking about here will be visible in advance as black menacing clouds, usually coming from the west or southwest, giving enough lead time to undertake the suggestions below. It is assumed that not all of the crew are seasoned sailors.