Join Date: Jan 2008
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By far the best analysis of storm tactics I've seen thus far (and I've done extensive reading in this area, including all of the Pardey's books / videos) is Hal Roth's new(ish) book, Handling Storms at Sea. He discusses at length the situations where each technique should be used and their strengths and limitations, including applicabilty to different types of boats and different sea conditions. Techniques discussed include heaving to, forereaching, lying ahull, running off, use of parchutes (including standard deployment vs. Pardey method), use of drouges (including series vs. others), etc. etc.. He gives numerous success/fail examples pertaining to use of these technicques.
Hal respectfully discusses the applicablity and limitations of using the Pardey method (i.e., a parachute deployed at angle using a bridle and keeping the boat within a slick).
I'd be very interested in having the Sailnet experts weigh in on a discussion of Hal's new book. I think that'd take the discussions on storm tactics a significant step forward and might lead to a more informed consensus.