Originally Posted by Omatako
I haven't used a series drogue in the true sense of the word although I guess what I do use is the same concept. It is a 140 metre jib sheet from a superyacht (50mm Ř) that I have tied a knot in every 5 metres.
To be fair I haven't had the "opportunity" to use it in severe weather - I spend a lot more of my time trying to avoid bad weather than learning how to deal with it
but I have let it out while motoring at full throttle on a calm day and the slowing effect on the boat is impressive. With the length after knotting at 125 metres it easily covers the wave period of the average storm and what's more is I can let out as much as I need and recovery is easy.
And I got it for free so if I have to cut it loose that's not going to hurt as much
The biggest issue I have is where to put it - it is really bulky and also pretty heavy. Still have to figure that out.
Damn, that sounds like something that would probably sink my boat :-)
Definitely one of the issues with gear like a series drogue, finding the room to stow what can be a bulky item that one might so rarely - if ever - wind up using...
I made mine using 3/8" and 5/16" sections of Amsteel, makes for a very lightweight and compact bundle... Rather pricey, however :-)