I just finished reading the test results posted earlier in this thread. It's a slow, boring read for most folks, but it's important information. First and foremost, most of the testing was done with scale models in test tanks. I couldn't find a single instance of real-world tests being conducted and reported.
Next, some of the statements made in the text were misleading to say the least. Particularly when they referred to heaving to and lying ahull to survive a storm. They claimed both methods were comparable, which is definitely not the case, and that capsizes were frequently reported while hove to, which is absolutely not true.
Nowhere in the text could I find anything about retrieval of the drogues, but I have found information in several books about this, all of which said was painfully slow, very strenuous, and often took half a day to retrieve 300 feet of drogue with small chutes.
They did report lots of problems with entanglement, which is also reported in other publications. Additionally, they reported less problems with entanglement using a standard parachute, also reported by Pardy in his books on Storm Tactics.
In the report they claimed that most of the boats that capsize are smaller craft measuring under 60-feet. Of course, that's what anyone with the mental intellect of a turnip would have concluded--even without the test. However, while hove to, Pardy's tiny 26-footer never came close to capsizing, it didn't take any breaking waves over the side, while in the same storm many larger boats trying to run on bare poles were either sunk, dismasted, or heavily damaged.
This summer, I hope to spend some time hove to in real nasty weather, mainly to determine where I need to set the rudder and sails to achieve that 50-degree attitude that is conducive to eliminating all forward motion, while at the same time slowing the sideways motion to less than 1-knot. By then, I'll have a new Zoom video recorder and I'll try to post some video of Pardy's techniques and how it actually quiets wave action on the windward side of the boat. So far I've only seen still photos of this, but I haven't had the opportunity to put it into actual practice.
These are the type of topics that should be of interest to everyone on the forum. Thanks to those that have contributed,