At the start of my cruise
I purchased a sea anchor
, and tried it once in heavy weather
, but found it to be awkward and never used it again...
However I did have need for a sea anchor
on several occasions to slow my boat
down when running down wind
in a gale and, trying the advice
of some old timers, attached a sail by the head
and streamed it aft.. it created a lot of drag and did the job admirably..
I later bought two small car tires and when needed to, I streamed these aft on long anchor
lines instead of the sail and these were very effective as well and stowed easily in the back lazarette, along with the stout anchor warp I dedicated for this purpose. Sooner or later you WILL run into heavy weather
I preferred to run down wind
before a strong gale, so I streamed my anchor warps aft, attached to the sheet winches, this was the only point of sail that I would do so. If I wanted to slow down I would head
to windward and drop my main and keep a jib
or staysail set and back wind it against the opulk of the rudder
and hove to...