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Grab a $20-30 little drogue like the fishos use when drift fishing. Hunt for a grunty one, hook that onto a length of whatever string you have in your locker and you'll have not only a way to slow when you fish in deep but you'll also have something to induce nice drag and if it really goes bad you could use it to steer.

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I was asked for this in another thread. Flame away.       First this is about cruising, racing is a whole nuther story. And since the majority of long distance cruisers are either couples or short

experiment... shows for me ,Photobucket is working again ( for how long I don't know). I always liked this photo taken when we were hove to off the Kermadecs on my mates 46 ft Davidson. Usually windy

Good read BP Can’t fault any of it We hove to in the 2012 RNZ for a watch (3hrs) when the weather bomb was approaching, we had been doing 3 hour watches for 3 days two up and got a good sleep, then

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Great post BP, but not applicable to my current cruising even though we are sailing from one country to another...

 

But dare one mention the use of oil bags in this day of environmental concerns? I had a small collapsible plastic Jerry can with a tap at the bottom to which was attached a meter or so of plastic tubing. The Jerry can was stood lashed down in the galley sink with the tube down the plug hole and the oil flow adjusted by the tap.

From experience a very small amount of oil has a marked effect in taking the sting out of the seas. But the trick when heaving to is in keeping your boat in the slick.

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I think you need to have a range of tactics to adapt to the conditions ,crew and sea room. And be able to change tactics as things change. Sailing solo you need to be able to go below and let the boat look after itself. I like the parachute sea anchor after using one overnight in 50 knots but can see the advantage of the drogue when moving forward is easier on the rudders Steering around waves is okay if you are not too tired but once it gets dark it gets hard to see what is coming. For cruising I like to keep it easy on the boat slow down and not break stuff

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I was asked for this in another thread. Flame away.

 

 

 

First this is about cruising, racing is a whole nuther story. And since the majority of long distance cruisers are either couples or short handed that’s what I’ll focus on.

I didnt find anything trollers should use to flame you. Well written. A flexible calender saves lives. I see this in simple passages even in power boats at Xmas from Te Kouma Harbour to Gulf Harbour. Ive known plenty of idiots who have risked their families lives in 50+ and gusting in boats way to small for this kind of work, when the Coast Guards Naiad is struggling, you know GRP power boats should be thinking about cancelling other plans. Rent a car and drive back and come back for the boat another day. Its only a small passage but that area between Colville and Waiheke can really rip up snot. The same with GBI. If going to GBI imo always have a flexible calender. Its that simple.

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A good Weather source for those travelling to the Med via the Panama canal and advice how to avoid and which side of a hurricane or tropical cyclone / tropical storms

 

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac  

 

Fiji Niue Tonga

 

http://www.met.gov.fj/current_warnings_b.php

 

Other areas including South Pacific  New Cal and India ocean

 

 

https://weather.geek.nz/tropical_cyclone.php

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