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Old 06-12-2013
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Re: Heaving-To versus Bare Poles

Have been on heavy displacement full keel and light displacement sleds in storms. As said tactics vary by boat. On current boat carry storm jib on deployable inner "baby" stay with Winchard hook to deck fitting and Jordan series drogue. Assuming not on lee shore with current boat given large spade rudder, bulbed fin keel using sea anchor given complexities of going forward to deploy and inability to retrieve did not seem viable option. Concern of structural damage from boat backing up on sea anchor another concern. Rather spec'd boat with cleats at extreme aft corners with smooth stainless plates under to decrease chaff and will use storm jib in moderate storm conditions, bare poles with series drogue in the big stuff. Like set and forget. Go down below with boat buttoned up and try to stay off the overhead.
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