Having run before two Force 10 storms in the last 15 years ago for 48 hours and the latest this past March for 36 hours (according to Coast Guard Corpus Christi and CG New Orleans, winds gusting over 60 and 28 to 30 foot seas), I can tell you it's more sailing skill and muscle on the helm than it is drogues, and sails. In the first storm we ran with a third reef in the main and postage stamp size head sail with motor idling in neutral for emoergency use if necessary. In the second storm we ran bare poles and no engine (line was tangled in the prop) and the main was destroyed. You don't want to surf down the face of the wave, you want it to go under you, to accomplish this, sometimes you have to angle off the wave just a bit, then turn back up into the wave train. But, there is no hard fast rule because every storm and sometimes even waves in the same wave train are different. We found in the second storm that under bare poles, the stern and the bimini gave plenty of push - as much as 10mph on the GPS. That storm was a cold front moving at 35 mph, packing winds of 50-60. The best advice is know your boat inside and out and if you don't think it's strong enough to inadvertently skid down the face of a 30 foot wave and plow into the trough - don't go to sea in it. If you want to see what Paloma looked like after the last storm, go to photos and search for Paloma.
s/v Paloma, Bristol 29.9, #141
Slipped in Bahia Marina, easy access to Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.