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Old 16-02-2006, 15:35   #16
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I would suggest looking at the book "Drag Devise Data Base"
By Victor Shane

Some of the posts here are in conflict with real world reports of using chutes and drogues included in the book.

There has also been a couple of good threads about this subject on the SSCA board.



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Old 16-03-2006, 12:09   #17
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I often go to a store in North Vancouver, BC that is a marine consignment retailer. Its the type of store where products drop in price by 1/2 percent of the original asking price, every day. Its one of the few instances where procrastination pays off.... lol.

By some miracle, the amount the parachute I had been eyeing was dropping by $12 a day rather than the proper amount which was around a dollar per day. I bought a "Used - but never been used" parachute from a guy who had just gotten out of boating (he was getting to old). So I paid one hundred dollars for the parachute. When I got to the till, the clerk discovered the error in their pricing and to my amazement honoured what the tag said, even though it was wrong.

I now have to purchase the line to use with the parachute; this item will cost more than the parachute did.

I notice that 300 feet is recommended with a parachute, this strikes me as really long. Any comments on this?

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Old 16-03-2006, 13:16   #18
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Delamarrey - I think you're speaking of Richard Woods and the boat was Eclipse, lost in the Gulf of Tehuentepec (?). There were a few forum discussions about it and had input from Richard himself - very enlightening.

Rsn48 - I believe the long rode is to minimize the tendancy for the chute to collapse every time the boat surges forward on the downslope of the passing wave. I believe I've read it somewhere that you want so many wavelengths between the boat and the chute - I'm sure someone will pipe up with the full answer.


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