Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Rigging a Parachute Sea Anchor a la Pardeys
Not sure who has read the Pardeys' book on handling storms. I have all of the stuff needed to do this on my boat (the sea anchor, heavy hardware, spare anchor rodes) but one problem remains. They say that the main rode of the sea anchor (as opposed to the pendant that pulls the sea anchor aft) should be set through a heavy duty snatch block. I have the block but cannot figure out how to position it. My boat has fairly high bulwarks forward (~6") and not many places, other than the stem fitting and cleats, to attach anything. The stem fitting has extra holes in it (other than for forestay) but I am not sure if it is designed to take a very heavy load from the side - I would imagine not. Another possibility is to rig a heavy rope strop to a blow cleat or windlass to allow the rode to ride over the toe rail. If the sea anchor is riding 200 feet or so to windward would the rode always be coming in high enough to clear the rail? Having the line go out through the bow chock would defeat the purpose of reducing chafe with the snatch block.
Hope I have made myself clear here, it is hard to describe the situation.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.