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Storm tactics - "Handling Storms at Sea" - Hal Roth's book

(Re-posting from the "Forereaching" thread so as not to hijack that discussion . . . )

Has anyone read Hal's book on handling storms? Comments? . . .

By far the best analysis of storm tactics I've seen thus far (and I've studied this extensively) is Hal Roth's book, Handling Storms at Sea. He discusses at length the situations where each technique should be used and their strengths and limitations, including applicability to different types of boats and different sea conditions. Techniques discussed include heaving to, forereaching, lying ahull, running off, use of parachutes (including standard deployment vs. Pardey method), use of drogues (including series vs. others), etc. etc.. He gives numerous success/fail examples pertaining to use of these techniques.

I'd be interested in having the Sailnet experts weigh in on a discussion of Hal's book. I think that'd take the discussions on storm tactics a significant step forward and might lead to a more informed consensus.
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