I've cruised the coast and spent a few days about a hundred miles offshore outside the gate. The boom brake is a key piece of equipment, plus I modified the mainsheet attachment so that the load is spread over about 5 feet on three blocks instead of the original single point attachment.
A warp is a long, heavy line that you can drag behind the boat on a bridal to slow her and help stability in cross swells. I use a 220ft anchor rode with 15 ft of chain. Haven't tried it yet, but read about it in Lin and Larry Pardee's book on storm tactics, among other places.
I think we're pretty well prepared, but the key will be avoiding heavy weather when we can.
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Dave & Cyndi Johnsen
Hunter Vision 32