All this is a lead-in to mention Storm Proofing Your Boat Gear and Crew, by Fatty Goodlander. The book is just out. I haven't had the chance to see it myself, but Fatty has been sailing the world since before dirt was invented - if I'm not mistaken, he and Carolyn are on their third circumnavigation. And Fatty has raised the very humble art of magazine writing to new heights in his monthly column for Cruising World. So all that bodes well for this effort. If you're dreaming of the life afloat, or if you're already on your boat, and wanting to pick up some cheap knowledge for dealing with "what-if's" on bigger crossings, this book might be right up your alley.