I know I'll probably get 20 different opinons, but here goes
Have done a bit of research into storm tactics for heavy boats, (say Displacement / Length ratio of 300 and greater) and for me it appears that keeping the bow pointed into the rough stuff is the way to go. Whether this is by hove to, motoring into the weather or whatever this appears to be the best approach for my boat.
I think most of us would agree that lying-a-hull would not be preferred. The other main tactic of running is possible however you run the risk of broaching leading to a knockdown, or 360 degree roll, or pitchpoling. By keeping the bow pointed into the weather it appears you avoid these risks.
Also note that I have considered drogues and parachute anchors, however if your boat can happily hove to why go to the extra trouble of deploying gear off the boat? (note that I will probably have some of this gear onboard, however first tactic would be to hove to)
Note that the conditions I am thinking of is extreme force +10 or consistently above 50 knots.
I'll also say that I have not personally experienced these sort of conditions. The most I have seen is 30-35 knots and in these conditions we reefed down and kept going. The research comes from a variety of sources; The 1994 Pacific Storm Survey, Adlard Coles Heavy Weather Sailing, Surviving the Storm by Dashew, Pardey books, etc.
To give a few details of my boat it is a Roberts 45 Classic, length 43' 8" beam 13' 3", draft 6', displacement 28,928lb (13,121kg), ballast 10,500 lb (4763kg). Has a long keel with a cutaway forfoot. Is a ketch rig. Statistics are D/L 388, SA/D 17.2, Capsize ratio 1.7 & comfort factor 40.2. I also believe the angle of vanishing stability is around 138, however this is an estimate.
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