There are few subjects that offshore sailors like to discuss and argue about more than which is the best storm survival strategy and related gear. Heaving-to (with or without a drogue), sea anchors, streaming warps, fore-reaching, running off at speed while steering, running off trailing various drag devices, all have their proponents. There are even those who still advocate for lying a-hull, even though countless roll-overs and good science have shown it to be a near-sure recipe for a capsize in big breaking waves. And I freely admit that at different times in the past at least three of the above have been my preferred strategy of the moment.
Time To Stop TalkingBut it's now time to stop blathering on about this stuff. Why? Because it's a solved problem.
Those of us who go to sea in small boats just need to get a series drogue as designed by Don Jordon, install it properly, and move on...dammit.And, of course, we need to deploy it in time, but I have already written about that in the last chapter.