The boat surges on the waves now, steadier. I unroll the club-footed jib, the outhaul of which leads through an outboard block to starboard and back to the same electric winch. It works fine, and I cut the diesel, but the jib keeps swapping tacks on its Hoyt Jib Boom as we rock back and forth, so I furl it again. I check the speedo, and we're doing 5.5 to 6 knots, and in the big gusts, up to 7 knots-pretty good for a boat with such a broad back end.
At the mouth of the Chester River, we jibe, and I reset the jib. We reach for a few miles and gradually turn north. When the boat heels in a series of stronger puffs, I reef the main, easing the outhaul as I take up the furling line on the electric winch. Once we're beating, I roll the sails completely and start up the diesel again. At 2,300 rpm, we do 6.7 knots through the water, but I throttle back to 2,100 rpm, and we're still clipping along at better than 6 knots.