Originally Posted by silverp40
There have been 2-3 suggestions for drogue retrival from a stern bridal setup.
We do not have this very well down (I suppose it varies for each boat) therefore any additional suggestions from people who have had multiple retrievals or set-ups- for- easier retrieval would be welcome.
What we do (normally) is lead the main rode
to our genoa winch
- where it can simply be winched in for retrieval. And tie a spare sheet (75' long) to the main rode
(with an icicle hitch) to form the bridle
and lead that to a strong point on the other transom corner to form the bridle
. The bridle is important to center the drogue, otherwise the drogue jerks on one corner of the boat and can unsettle the steering
There is some theory that our genoa winch
is not strong enough for truly extreme breaking waves, so we have a strong point also on that size that we can secure the rode to - we would leave it on the winch, but again secure a short line to it and to the strong point)
That's worked for us. we sometimes put out 600' of rode, and it does take time to winch all that back in, especially if we are still making way and it is still under load, but it's no problem, just a bunch of simple physical work.
We have tried using the electric anchor
windless to winch it back in, but when accelerating down the fronts of waves it will stall the windless. And in some drogue tests on Dashew's boats we burned out an electric
winch during retrieval. So manual winches seem the slow but simple foolproof way.