Originally Posted by shorebird
Although I have zero blue water
experience, I always thought one of the safest ways to ride out a storm at sea is with bare poles and a sea anchor
holding the bow into the waves. Not so?
I cannot see any use for sea anchors on modern boats. Difficult to deply, constant chafe issues , inspection
requires bow trip, not to mention lack of strong points , etc. Possible rudder
damage due to danger
of being thrown back etc.
My favourite approach is fore-reaching under tiny main ( or storm try sail) and engine
. In modern boars with reliable diesels this works very well. Often the boat can fore reach under autopilot
even in horrendous conditions. The prop gives the boat directional stability avoids the issue of no wind in the troughs and prevents loss of direction near the top of the wave. This is similar to jogging a technique used by fishing
trawlers in survival conditions.
My experience of heaving to in f9-10 was not good , no matter what, the boat would be thrown by the wave motion onto the other tack and start sailing uncontrollably. Otherwise she would lie too broadside to the wind , effectively lying ahull. There was too much tweaking to get her to lie to the wind. In lower Winds or more regular wave trains various fin keelers could be hove to but not with any great long term lack of monitoring.
I agree it's a technique more suited to boats with more keel in the water especially long keeled without a cutaway forefoot. of course these designs are severely compromised in other aspects.