I am perfectly aware that we're talking summer squall lines and not larger, longer duration heavy weather. I'm still not a fan of sea anchors. In either case, the shock loading caused by the sea anchors, if they're properly sized to stop the boat, is too high for the deck hardware on most boats to deal with most of the time. There's a huge difference between a sea anchor and a drogue.
Earlier this year, I help rebuild the deck on a C&C that had been damaged by the PO's use of a sea anchor. Now, if you beef up the deck hardpoints and design them to take the loads a sea anchor can exert... that's fine.. most boats don't have hardware that can.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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