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Originally Posted by Valiente View Post
Maybe I'm being a little dense here.

Given the general idea is free and the fact that one can make them with six hours of effort on a sewing machine, is it ridiculous to consider them disposable post-storm? I wouldn't want to dump a para-anchor-type sea anchor (too expensive) but a Jordan series drogue is simply a hundred cloth cones on the sort of line you can easily replace.

Or am I missing something?
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Tomaz - I built my own Jordan and can confirm that a tripping line inside the cones wouldn't work. I have 132 of them any twist at all would make that idea untenable, although it would be nice to have an easy retrieve. Float, as mentioned earlier, aren't the way to go since there is supposed to be a heavy weight at the end (an anchor or the like) plus you want the drogue to be below the level of any white water. If the floats are attached with lines then one is back into the entanglement scenario again.

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Originally Posted by popmeeye View Post
looking to buy one before I seriously cruise in the next couple years. Anyone tried using a boatlength trailing line to bring the JSD to the windlass spinning the boat once the waves and winds have died to say sub 30 knots? Basically use the bow height and wave action to raise more of the chutes out of the water. Also be kind of lazy with an electric windlass?
This is actually what Hal Roth talks about in his "Handling Storms at Sea" book. He says you just have to be careful that the windlass doesn't chew up the cones.

Here's a link where we were talking about it...

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If I understand the idea of the series drogue correctly... It is to always have controlled pressure on the line, and some of the cones will always be in the right area of the wave and not pull out of the face.

Couldn't similar control be made with 5 or 6 larger drogues in series? If you used 10, 15 or even 20 larger drogues, you would be able to use a winch to pull the line back in with no problem, stopping at each cone to pull it across the winch without ripping it.

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