Re: What strategy do you employ when using a drogue
I run my drogue off the stern quarter. Centreing it with a bridle leaves you rolling when the wind dies, but the sea remains. With it off one quarter, windage on your rig takes the roll out of her. It's also much easier to deploy without the bridle.
I use a length of chain to take the rode out beyond anything which can chafe it.
Friends, using a series drogue in the Southern ocean, said they found it's not all that hard to recover. They are extremely tedious to build.
I found that using a big round mooring ball as a mold ,and a lot of car seat belt, makes a galerider type easy to build. I just stapled it together over the mold, then sewed it up, removing the staples as I came to them.
Freinds, using a gale rider in the NZ Queens birthday storm, said it worked best 80 ft behind their boat, eliminating the need to carry excessive amounts of rode.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"