SAIL - - Under Sail - By Earl Hinz

(Sec­ond Edi­tion) Us­ing Sea An­chors and Drogues

An ac­knowl­edged ex­pert in the study of drogues and sea an­chors (not the same thing, as is clearly ex­plained), Earl Hinz has writ­ten a com­pre­hen­sive and thor­oughly en­joy­able anal­y­sis of drag de­vices and their prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion.

De­ploy­ing a drag de­vice to “park” and sta­bi­lize your boat with min­i­mum drift is not just a proven heavy­weather tac­tic—it can also serve to let a weary crew re­lax and catch up on sleep. Fa­tigue, and the con­se­quent ten­dency to er­rors and poor judge­ment is just as harm­ful to the en­joy­ment and suc­cess of a cruise as any storm.

Hinz at­tributes the surge of in­ter­est in these de­vices to the de­vel­op­ment of more ef­fec­tive de­signs fol­low­ing the carnage of the 1979 Fast­net race. He also cites the in­creas­ing num­ber of boats ex­plor­ing in high lat­i­tudes and thus, en­coun­ter­ing more se­ri­ous weather than be­fore.

In the book, the na­ture and ori­gin of dan­ger­ous sea states are ex­plained, as is the use of a drag de­vice to keep a ves­sel safe and com­fort­able with a sea run­ning.

Hinz also pro­vides a thor­ough re­view of the many dif­fer­ent de­vices cur­rently on the mar­ket that is both ex­tremely help­ful and a great time-saver when it comes to se­lect­ing the gear for your­self.

Ul­ti­mately, go­ing small and sim­ple now re­quires a good deal of knowl­edge if you’re to stay out of trou­ble, and this book will def­i­nitely help you along your way.

Get this book to fully un­der­stand the gear that’s out there, choose the right drag de­vice, de­velop the cor­rect pro­ce­dures for us­ing it and then go and em­brace the weather you en­counter with con­fi­dence! $19.95. Par­adise Cay Pub­li­ca­tions, para­cay.com — Fran­cis Bone

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