So, I've heard in the past that a boat like mine, a "clipper-bowed", full-keeled Formosa
51, will sit on a sea anchor
nicely, but doesn't do as well running downwind trailing a drogue
. So far, we haven't been in large enough seas to try either.
My gut feel is that there's a time for either, and they usually don't overlap.
I saw at the Annapolis boat show
a smaller parachute drogue
(48" diameter, I believe, and it was +-shaped, not a full chute) which had a nice feature - two attachment points rather than a single
, so to retrieve it you just slacked one of the lines and the thing collapses, making it easier to retrieve than having to use a trip line first. I guess one drawback was that the whole thing could pop out of the water
, while a series drogue will almost never do that. But there's less of this chute to drag back on board.