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Re: heave to or sea anchor?

Originally Posted by jackdale View Post

Source A Small Yacht, a Big Ocean and a Wild Storm

A drogue on an open transom boat is an invitation to get pooped.
Heh. Maybe not one's that big!!

Seriously though, in the stuff you get down here (lots of fetch resulting in large, breaking waves) you really don't ever want to completely stop out there. Heaving-to allows the boat to be pushed "sideways" (usually at an angle to the waves) if anything nasty happens along whilst you're down below with your cuppa in hand.. and if you decide to run for it a correctly-sized drogue will slow you down enough to stop you being pooped - at least that's the plan.

Edit: AIUI, the problem with real sea anchors (like you one shown) is their trendency to pull the bow down in the trough, encouraging larger waves to break over the bow and run madly over the deck. I guess they'd be ok for smaller/no waves or lighter winds, but then you might as well heave-to?.. Maybe they're for people who can't heave-to and don't mind storing something else below.
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Last edited by Classic30; 11-16-2012 at 03:04 AM.
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