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Dick and Libby Mills

My wife won't let me go to a boat show even if we are in the neighborhood; because I'm a sucker for sales pitches and might spend too much money. Never mind, I went to the SSCA gam in Melbourne in 2007 and bought a sea anchor parachute. This year, at the same gam I also bought a drouge.

Also on board Tarwathie are a storm jib and a storm trisail, neither of which I've ever had out of the bag.

So now I'm very long on equipment, but short on real life storm experience at sea. I've never done more than heave to for practice.

I was also humbled by a recent visit from Al Hatch, the previous owner of my W32 Tarwathie. He regaled my dinner guests with stories of sailing Tarwathie in 67 knot northeasterlies while in the Gulf Stream with those infamous square-front waves, and managing fine with storm sails and the monitor doing the steering.

So what do other W32 owners say? Storm tactics? Which equipment to leave behind?

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