Originally Posted by woff
I agree the problem doing researching on the internet
is all the vested interests. Despite that, I found this useful as it was the first time I'd seen many of these products. All the company promotional material I've seen demonstrates these storm safety
devises is in swimming pool conditions. This youtube video tries to approach the problem of gathering data by imposing similar conditions. I think the drag effect of each drogue
, demonstrated by the reduction in speed is as valid as you can hope for.
The Jordan series drogue has been made available to all who can use a sowing machine at zero cost by Jordan. It's been a while since I looked at the web site but I seem to remember it was tested and reviewed by the US coastguard.
Lots of times in life we have to take advice
from people with vested interests. If you listen to all of them, then you start to see the truth hidden in each person's story, and you can start to piece it all together.
That's why places like this, and the Pardey's book, are so helpful. No one here has one system for sail in competition against another, and the Pardeys are just reporting what's worked for them. Then you have to learn your boat, and consider your skills, and think about what you have on your boat, how it's configured, and what skills you have. I'm still intrigued by the Pardey's alternative approach of putting the para-anchor off the boat because my bow tends to sit on its behind and leave the bow very tender
. Off the side of the bow might balance my boat well in a storm. But i have more storm experience since I first read their book, and am more clear about how my boat responds to forces. it's time to reread the Pardey
book with a more critical (as in problem-solving) mind.