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Part of the problem with running before the storm, especially in a larger cat, is that the boat has significant windage, even with the sails down. If the winds are significant enough to need to run before the storm, the boat will often be going fast enough that controlling it is an issue. Without a drogue of some sort, controlling a large cat in a heavy storm is going to be difficult at best.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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