Originally Posted by Eleebana
I thought I'd be trailing a drogue
to stop the boat from gaining too much speed while the helm
was not manned. Slomotion seems to have been unlucky with a drogue
previously. What's the (surefire)answer then?
I too would like to hear more experienced views on this, because I have been told by several people that my experience was not that unusual and in fact, we were lucky that the steering gear
(cable I assume) simply slipped instead of having the rudder
bent or broken. I have been told that this sometimes happens with both drogues and parachutes.
But I don't know because after my one and only drogue experience (described above) I have never owned or deployed a drogue, and I have never wanted to.
I have no idea what type/brand drogue the owner/skipper was using (this was about 1978). He was Maine
born and raised and had been sailing all his life. He claimed to have used the drogue several times in similar and worse conditions with no problems. It was deployed off a bridle
type rig at the stern and it indeed seemed to work well for a while. The rocking and rolling was substantially reduced and the other crew had just gone below to make coffee when the boat did a major WTF. The skipper's theory was that the angle of the back side of the wave was sufficiently steep to put most of the boat's weight on the rudder
and coupled with the drag from the drogue and the power of the water
passing from astern, something had to give. It was a 36' Morgan
- don't know the model, but by reputation it was a strong boat.