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Old 08-05-2020, 13:59   #16
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Re: DIY emergency steering drogue

Originally Posted by SteveSadler View Post
It was slow going for their 28' 60's sloop.
It is simply going to be 'slow going' for most jury steering. You simply have to accept and settled into that. On average a couple of knots made good should be your expectation.

There are many jury ways to accomplish this, many ways which have actually been used to go 1000's of miles. The loads and fatigue on 'rigid' systems (like oars, sweeps and such) are high enough that you need better than average 'engineering' otherwise they will fail after a day or several. The drogues approaches tend to be less sensitive to 'engineering' and more reliable.

Your sail plan is going to be focused on helping self-steer/self correct the boat on the desired point of sail.

Full replacement rudder systems (like cassettes) are the only ones which will allow you to get anywhere near 'normal' speeds back . . . . but to do so they need to be quite big and quite strong. (rather bigger and stronger than most people expect).
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Old 08-05-2020, 14:02   #17
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Re: DIY emergency steering drogue

the money for a drogue is well spent, it can be used many times to just slow boat down and stop back end from pushing around, it is a great item to have, and if you need to use it for emergency steering that is just a plus. I wouldn't go to sea without some kind of drogue, or a plan to make one like thinwaters.
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Old 08-05-2020, 15:53   #18
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Re: DIY emergency steering drogue

Put two or more ring bolts in the stern and carry a jury rudder that can be assembled and locked into the ring bolts--and a tiller that clamps on to the top. That will safely get you to port--where you can fix things properly and put the jury rudder away again. Store it with the plywood ribbed fothering plates, butyl sealer or u-rite or blu-tak, softwood tapered hull plugs, and button plugs...
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Old 08-05-2020, 18:01   #19
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Re: DIY emergency steering drogue

you could try a tire check out you tube Emerald Steel they use tires for drogue
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