Originally Posted by Tomahawk
I met and spoke with the owner a while back.. he doesn't have a drogue... He said "Ma Bette" is fast enough to sit on the face of a wave and just go with it.. It only gets hairy when you are approaching land and have to find and get between the buoys.. his words not mine..
She is also quite fast enough to surf down that same wave and plow into the one ahead.
Personally, I don't like being offshore
aboard a multihull
w/out a drogue. Out-of-control fast down the face of wave is not fun! Been there -- done that. Pitch-poling a beach cat can be fun -- pitch-poling a 55 foot cat -- not likely to be fun.
I like the idea of a controllable drogue -- this way it is ready to be engaged very quickly. Multis surf much easier than monos and can catch you off guard sometimes with sudden break into a surf. No way you can deploy a conventional drogue that quickly w/out huge amounts of shock-loading. It would be handy to able to apply some well controlled drag very quickly.