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for those of you who have launched either the gail rider or the jordan drogue
what do you think is better.
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Eric,both items you mentioned are drogues & are towed behind the boat. A sea anchor is deployed from the bow,& is intended to stop the boat & hold the bow into the wind & seas.
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gershel,
what is your experience with them ?
which one do you own?
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i left out the para anchor that is why the original post was confusing.
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Eric, I have a 15'' Paratech sea anchor on my 36'' catamaran. I''ve never had to use it,but I suppose I should practice with it. A very good reference on the subject is the book "Drag Device Data Base" by Victor Shane. He has many case histories documented & you may be able to determine what method is best for you.
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gershel,
i have read the dddb.
unfortunately i have had to use my jordan drogue and wanted to discuss this with other people who have used either a drogue or sea anchor.
thanks
anyway
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i forgot to mention,
i think launching a sea anchor or drogue might be good practice, but they can be a hazard in anything but heavy weather.
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I believe that it depends on the boat. some boats handle differntly depending on the underbody. I have tried a drogue and did not like it very much with my boat. I have now got a para anchor and have not had occasion to deploy it, but I think that my boat will answer better to it.
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hi,
what kind of conditions did you deploy the drogue?
what drogue was it?
what boat do you own??
thanks
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If I remember right the sea conditions were winds app.30-40, seas 20 period app. 6-7 sec.
Big bend of gulf coast shallow waters canget nasty in a norther.
 
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