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Re: Sea anchor or Drogue
I think it's a matter of what you're personally most comfortable with deploying and using.
I haven't used either, but my father survived a direct hit from Hurricane Mitch at sea lying to a ParaTech sea anchor. He recommends them to anyone who asks and takes one along on any offshore passage.
The big plus with that method is it puts the strongest part of the boat (the bow) into the wind. I would think, although I could be wrong, that this would also result in a slightly more comfortable motion than a drogue from the stern - comfort in those conditions certainly being relative. He reports that it was next to impossible to wedge himself in tight enough to stay put anywhere.
I can certainly see the benefit with a drogue of deploying from the cockpit rather than the bow, though.
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