Originally Posted by bligh
Sails are not going to prevent a boat from pitching into head seas. Throttle and helmsmanship are the only way to make that ride any more comfortable. I can imagine that chop is pretty bad. If we have a 5 or 8 foot swell here, its period is 10 - 20 seconds and you hardly notice it. But 3 seconds sounds like a real pounding for any boat under 50 tons.
You are right bligh; the sails will not help the pitching; although this motion tends to be more predictable, and much easier on the stomach when the rolling motion is taken away.
Besides throttle and helmsmanship, the pitching can be reduced by added length, and the pounding can be reduced by a good hull design.
BTW -That Wiley seems like it might be ideal for the job. It would be nice to see a pic of the hull shape. Being wood may be a concern, but it keeps the purchase price down, giving a lot of boat for the money. One owner for 40 years, thats the history you want.