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Sea anchor or Drogue

Which one will keep you afloat longer when hell falls upon you?

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1. You are in the middle of ocean with plenty sea room
2. You just want to stay alive on your boat regardless the direction you are heading.
3. You are short handed or alone

When everything is equal, I think drogue is easier and safer to deploy. I 'd like to hear others actual experience or their thought processes in this matter.


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Re: Sea anchor or Drogue

I think it's a matter of what you're personally most comfortable with deploying and using.

I haven't used either, but my father survived a direct hit from Hurricane Mitch at sea lying to a ParaTech sea anchor. He recommends them to anyone who asks and takes one along on any offshore passage.

The big plus with that method is it puts the strongest part of the boat (the bow) into the wind. I would think, although I could be wrong, that this would also result in a slightly more comfortable motion than a drogue from the stern - comfort in those conditions certainly being relative. He reports that it was next to impossible to wedge himself in tight enough to stay put anywhere.

I can certainly see the benefit with a drogue of deploying from the cockpit rather than the bow, though.


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Re: Sea anchor or Drogue

Though it took me a while to come around to it...this:

Don Jordan and the Jordan Series Drogue
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Popcorn anyone?
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Re: Sea anchor or Drogue

I see your (ur father's) point for sea anchor. If I prep myself ahead, deploying sea anchor with minimal risk can be done, such as getting the anchor bridle before heading out and store the sea anchor in the chain locker. I am pretty compact, I can stay inside the chain locker when deploying the sea anchor.

After reading the Book "A storm too soon", I am thinking to install a five point seat belt harness on the top of the companion way to keep me in place. Oh yeah, helmet too.


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Re: Sea anchor or Drogue

IMHO

Sea anchor - off the bow, maybe on a bridle, keeps bow into wind and waves, used on "modern designs that are subject to pooping, the rudder needs to to centred and kept there to prevent damage.

Drogue - off the stern, slows the boat down, keeps stern to wind and waves, used on boats with sufficient flotation in the stern.

I have never had to deploy either one.

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Drogues and sea anchor can cause the same debate as an anchor thread.

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