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Old 04-12-2013
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Re: What strategy do you employ when using a drogue

I have only been on a boat once coming back from Falmouth England where it was necessary to deploy a drogue, therefore my experience is very limited.

The drogue we deployed was done to drastically reduce speed when it was necessary to keep the boat from getting away from you speed wise surfing down waves and keep you relatively perpendicular to the waves . We used ours in a large storm and were really not concerned with progress to a destination. We mainly used it to run with the waves and keep us in line with them as they were not breaking.

Using a drogue as a speed limiting device when making passageway is a whole other kettle of fish. I know that there specialty designed speed limiting series drogues for this purpose and they are designed differently and may have multiple layers, chutes, holes for resistance.

I do remember the retrieving the drogue was an arduous task.
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