Hi All, I have been speaking to a chap that has a Jordan Series Drogue
and was having problems getting it back on board after it had been deployed. After a chat and a glass of wine we decided to go out for a sail in moderate winds about a F7 and try a method I came up with. I will try to explain the principal. The gear
you will need is a 2 gallon ribber bucket, a pieceof roofing lead about 1ft sq and about 10lbsin weight. an 8mm line of the same length as the Drogue
including the chain at the end. a Hinge and a very sharp knife.
First cut out a large flap in the bottom of the bucket leaving a good lip of about 2" wide in the bottom. Cut a piece of Ply (12mm) the size of the bucket bottom less 1/2" so it can flap up and down with ease. Attack the lead as a collar about 4" all round the outside of the bucket (pop rivets are the best for this.) Fasten the line to the bucket and the other end to the boat. When paying out the Drogue pass it through the bucket. When you are ready to retrieve the drogue let the bucket down all the way till the chain is in the bucket then pull up the bucket. This turns the little parachutes upside down and makes the recovery really easy. We did this usingone of the winches and recovered 240 parachutes and all the line and the chain in 8 mins without raising a sweat. I If you keep the bucket so the flap is at the top side then the drogue passes out with out a hitch. I hope this is helpful.