Originally Posted by Hud3
Reading the account--one repeatedly rolled, the other one rolled and pitch-poled--makes me wonder if a properly sized drogue would have helped keep the rowboats more stabilized, to the extent they could have ridden it out.
The boat looks like it might fare OK if held stern to the waves...
I think they normally use drogues. Can't say if they used one in this case, but it IS the 'weapon of choice'.
I believe the storm was a real bad one. Big storm, small boat, passive tactics, BIG trouble. The same applies to small sailing boats, but we at least may have the choice. The guy in a rowing boat just hides in the aft cabin
(drogue out) and, well, 'prays'.