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Storm Tactics

Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 15 of 16

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.

Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 14 of 16

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.

Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 13 of 16

Surviving A Lee Shore


In the previous chapters we have talked about heaving-to and various drag devices, but none of that is going to help us if we are caught on a lee shore. In this chapter I write about when that exact scenario happened to me and what we have done to prepare ourselves and our boat should it ever happen to us again.

Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 12 of 16

Storm Tactics, Learning From The Best


Continuing on with the theme of learning from the best that we started in the last chapter, this chapter is about the many things we learned from Tony and Coryn Gooch about storm survival and drogue retrieval—they know what they are talking about after decades of voyaging in some of the toughest parts of the world's oceans and Tony's single handed non-stop circumnavigation.

Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 7 of 16

Large Sea Anchors, Not Recommended

For many years large sea anchors were thought by many, including us, to be the ultimate storm survival option. In this post we detail the disadvantages of large sea anchors that we believe substantially outweigh the advantages and why we got rid of ours.

Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 6 of 16

Survival Storms

I'm happy to say that I did not take this photograph at sea, but rather from the shore after tropical storm Noel.

In the last three chapters in this book I have been writing about the techniques that have worked well for us on Morgan’s Cloud in gales and strong gales at sea. Now I’m going to write about how to handle a storm of Force 10 or above that would threaten our very survival.

Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 10 of 16

Jordan Series Drogue Retrieval System

Retrieving the Jordan Series Drogue using a Milwaukee electric drill and a special bit that fits into a standard winch socket on aluminum sailboat Morgan's Cloud.

The storm struck, you deployed your Jordan Series Drogue and rode it out without problems, but now the wind is dropping and it's time to retrieve the drogue so you can get sailing again and head for port before the next blow hits. But you are shorthanded and tired and the task seems insurmountable. In this chapter we share our tested method for drogue retrieval.