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“Surviving the Storm” is a great collection of stories and advice, with real-world examples and data, for tactics and equipment for dealing with heavy weather.

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It even includes information on getting off the boat when necessary, which usually isn’t necessary.

Most of the examples of disaster in the book are no longer relevant with modern boat construction and weather information, but they’re still worth reviewing. The book directly counters the poor advice given in the Pardey’s books. In particular, lying to a parachute sea anchor in a major storm is often the worst choice, and lying ahull is very dangerous. Using a drogue, especially a series drogue, can be very safe if done correctly. The Dashews are aggressive sailors who sail aggressive boats in aggressive weather, and it won’t surprise anyone that they advocate active approaches to storms (like manually steering upwind through and over monster waves), but they give plenty of alternative options and opinions, and discuss them thoroughly.

Some of the conclusions are surprising but well documented. For instance, a boat can become more susceptible to roll-over once the mast is lost. The increase in static stability you get when you lose the weight aloft isn’t enough to  counter the negative effect of the quickened roll rate during a short-live breaking-wave condition. Also, deep keels can increase the danger of being rolled as the boat slides sideways down a steep wave. Dagger-boards and shallow keels can actually make roll-overs less likely.

Promotional video: https://dashewoffshore.smugmug.com/Boats/Making-It-Happen/i-6kbhzS6

Free book download at the bottom of this very pretty web page: http://www.setsail.com/weather-forecasting-storm-tactics-and-successful-cruising/

 

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