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JSD Not designed for shallow water
Not all lee shores occur in shallow water. The most notable for East Coast sailors, Bermuda. This can become a dangerous lee shore and the water is very deep close in. Many areas of the Bahamas come to mind also, and with less room to maneuver.
Getting caught in bad conditions 50 mi from Bermuda, in deep water, does not mean that poor judgment or seamanship was used, but you are still in danger of a dangerous lee shore. I personally would want a way of slowing my progress to a minimum. Most case histories I've read claim 0.5kts or less with a Para-anchor. Also according to DDDB testimonials, when proper length nylon rodes are used, there are not exessive loads imposed. Chafe is definitly a problem, but knowing that, proper chafe gear should be obtained before leaving. Not doing so would be poor seamanship.