Originally Posted by boatsail
If seas were breaking, wouldn't you want to be facing the waves?
In the Marines, when we were doing surf passages in California
with breaking waves, the best position for the small boats stability and steering
was directly facing into the wave.
agree if you are under power the best approach is head
to sea, but if you are battened down and trying to ride out a storm the problem with trying to sit bow up is that the tendency of most boats is to ride beam on to the sea. Thats what my boat does which is ok for the most part, just a bit bumpy. even without any sails
my boat will also sail downwind. the main purpose of a drogue off the stern in this case is to slow her down and reduce the chance of broaching while retaining some rudder
control. Im no expert which is why i suggested to the OP to do a bit of research
. if you are thinking of putting out a drogue you are way beyond having any use for an engine