When I am sailing offshore
, I mainly focus on storm avoidance rather than worry about what I will have to do in a storm. During our circumnavigation, we had winds to 50 knots on only three occasions offshore
. Nothing over 50 knots. It was all very manageable with a parachute and drogues.
Drogues and Parachutes are not rocket science, and which one you use will be dictated by your circumstances. You can read all your books
and have all your discussions about which to use and which is better. But when push comes to shove, it will be obvious which will work best for you in the prevailing sea state and wind
I carried a parachute, Abbott Drogue, and series drogue, and so far they have covered all the bases in a trade wind
Storm avoidance is everything. Parachutes and drogues get you through if you make a mistake in your storm avoidance.