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David Wiencke

Regarding the article on drag devices, keep in mind most of those boats were 'race' boats, ie; fin keels, spade rudders. They need to bo slowed down and require much more attention from their crew.

One of the reasons people choose our beamy, bluff-bowed, full keeled, double-enders, is because they can take care of themselves when a short-handed crew needs rest, Sartori's story being a perfect example. I wouldn't argue against having a drogue in your bag-of-tricks, I just suspect that it may not be needed.

One of the things I got out of Alard Coles' book is for short-handed crews in particular, to learn how get your boat to heave-to and lie-to comfortably so that you can rest. That way you're fresh, if a storm intensifies to the point where you have to actively steer the boat, ie; big waves are curling and breaking.

This is all worthy of forethought, but I remember reading something Eric Hiscock said, that he cruised for 30yrs before getting caught in a bad storm.

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