Originally Posted by jaschrumpf
Somebody posted before that they were "not a fan of sea anchors." If there is searoom enough, is there any reason not to employ a sea anchor? That always seemed to me to be a good solution to dealing with a sudden squall that one knows will not last long. Are there problems with it that of which I am unaware?
I understand that sea anchors are only to help you make your point to 45 degress into the wind when you heave-to and your boat won't completely stop forereaching or point properly.
Some boats point on a main, some point on both sails, some point only when helped with a 'chute.
The safety valve of heave-to is in the wake you leave on the weather side of the boat, if you are always going forward, you leave the wake and protected area.