Storm Tactics

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 20 of 21

Storm Survival FAQ

Several questions have repeatedly surfaced within the hundreds of comments on our Heavy Weather Tactics Online Book. So I have pulled those together in this chapter and added my thoughts.

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 3 of 21

Rogue Waves Are Not Bad Luck

The most common reason for yacht abandonment at sea is being capsized by a “rogue wave”. But is “rogue” a good description of these boat-killing waves? And are there things we can do to reduce roll-over risk?

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 10 of 21

Battle Testing a Jordan-Designed Series Drogue—Round Two

Trevor Robinson updates what he has learned about using and maintaining a series drogue built to Don Jordan’s design. This is not theory, but true testing over a gruelling circumnavigation in the Southern Ocean, including multiple deployments in gale and storm force conditions. Anyone who goes to sea in small boats will benefit from reading this.

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 9 of 21

Battle Testing a Jordan-Designed Series Drogue—Round 1

Some of us write about extreme heavy weather survival at sea based on a few experiences accumulated over decades, combined with not a little guesswork and conjecture. And then there’s Trevor. Few offshore sailors have even one-tenth the first-hand survival storm experience that Trevor shares in this article.

Anyone who goes to sea needs to read every word in this chapter with great care and attention.

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 8 of 21

Series Drogue Durability Problems

There have been a couple of well-publicized cases of series drogues, based on Don Jordan’s research and design, deteriorating after as little as ten hours’ use in strong gale conditions. John investigates and shares what he intends to do to upgrade his drogue.

Members' Online Book: Lessons from Losses at Sea, Chapter 2 of 5

Loss of Yacht “Tao”

Analysis of the abandonment of the French yacht “Tao”. The disaster started with a capsize, as yacht losses so often do. And while researching the weather at the time, I discovered something interesting…

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 11 of 21

Real Life Storm Survival Story

Theory is great to learn from but real world experience is always better. In this chapter I relate an email interview we conducted with a reader who survived a killer storm south of New Zealand using some of the techniques that I have discussed in this book. It’s a long chapter, but read it carefully because doing so and acting on the information could save your life.

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 19 of 21

Storm Survival Secret Weapon: Your Engine

One of our most useful tools in dealing with heavy weather at sea is our engine and in this chapter I relate how we used ours to good effect in a nasty lee shore situation. But the sad truth is that in many cases a yacht’s engine is disabled by heavy weather making it useless at the very time that the crew need it most, so I go on to share some solid suggestions of things you can do to storm proof your engine.

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