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recommended book on heavy weather sailing
I am looking for a book on sailing in rough weather. Not survival conditions, but rough weather. It seems like all the books on the subject are about deploying drogues in 20' breaking seas. Well, the kind of coastal cruising I do means I will probably never deploy a drogue, or see 20' breaking seas. But I do experience some rough conditions, and the ocassional squall. For example:
I was out today in new York harbor. There was a healthy wind, but nothing crazy. However the swells were short and steep, some breaking, in the 6 - 8' range if not more. It was interesting looking back from the foredeck to the cockpit, preparing to raise the jib, and feeling like I was on a ladder, high up looking down at my father at the helm. Well as our small coastal cruiser heaved up and crashed down, as I got an arm buried in the cold water while readying up the jib at the bow pulpit, we both decided that since it was getting dark and cold, and neither of us had experience in such conditions, it would be safer to turn back.
I recently tried heaving to in my boat. It worked fine, except no matter what I did with the mainsheet and tiller, the boat would sit at well over 90 degrees to the wind, directly abeam to the swell.
Can anyone recommend a book that discusses rough weather sailing in non survival conditions?