Originally Posted by Wrong
So, you decided to run and deployed a drogue
Yup, there was no way anyone was going forward in those conditions, and i don't carry a sea anchor
anyway. The only time i can think of that they might be useful is if you are on a lee shore with no engine
and conditions are such that it's possible to get up to the bow. They're also big and cumbersome - i'd struggle to deploy one in poor conditions, and having seen how quickly a bow bridle
chafes through from the pitching of the bow of a boat on a mooring
in a hurricane
i wouldn't trust it in the much larger seas at sea. There's also the problem of checking on it regularly, and the loads on gear
are huge. This is all purely conjecture of course; if anyone has used one successfully in a storm i'd love to hear about it.
worked out very well indeed for me. Simple cone drogue made from some canvas
from an old genoa
, with some webbing from some cargo straps. Approx 6-foot diameter entrance and 5 inch exit, set 250-feet astern of the boat from two lines, each coming back to a primary winch
through a block on each quarter. I particularly liked being able to take up more tension on one line than the other, thereby keeping the stern of the boat more or less into the waves rather than into the wind
necessarily, as the waves take a little time to shift as the wind clocks around. No chafe either. Prep work done down below and deployed safely from the cockpit
despite the occasional breaking wave crashing into it. Checked every half hour safely. Can't beat it in my opinion!