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Old 15 April 2013, 10:42   #1
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Been searching through the forums but I can't find anything definitive. Everyone says they're really useful and we've been meaning to get one for ages but only just getting round to it. Found a few links in old thread but all to american sites, and I don't think the 19 one on ebay is big enough?

So any recommendations gratefully received on size and where to get one for a ~1400kg RIB
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Old 15 April 2013, 11:01   #2
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Old 15 April 2013, 11:01   #3
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Been searching through the forums but I can't find anything definitive. Everyone says they're really useful and we've been meaning to get one for ages but only just getting round to it. Found a few links in old thread but all to american sites, and I don't think the 19 one on ebay is big enough?

So any recommendations gratefully received on size and where to get one for a ~1400kg RIB
Last time this debate raged it was a 38FF and a length of rope
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Old 15 April 2013, 11:11   #4
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I have one, and its a good size, I can get in it when I unfold it.

I have never used it at sea, but find its handy for some extra padding in the locker.
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We had one for the sailboat. It was used overnight on the open seas to keep the bow pointed into the waves. No auto pilot, nor weather vane.

Most folks that I know using drogues are using them for fishing. Buckets work great for that but are not as easy to store.
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Please tell me what use a sea anchor would be on a rib that could possible warrant taking up valuable storage space?
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Please tell me what use a sea anchor would be on a rib that could possible warrant taking up valuable storage space?
Engine fails, sea too deep for normal anchor, without it would turn beam on which is much harder to work on engine

GD has heart attack, trying to deal with situation, much more unpleasant to be beam on and rocking like crazy than held bow into waves where the boat rides them much better/safer
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Please tell me what use a sea anchor would be on a rib that could possible warrant taking up valuable storage space?
Simples

My sea anchor takes up very little space

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Redbay cruising ground with Torr Head in view where the 10m contour line runs a couple metres off the cliff face - so a conventional anchor is useless.

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Whats the alternative ?
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I've bought one of these, pretty large and packs down really small. Seems ok but yet to test it out. Weakest link seems to be the cord that attaches the drogue to the boat, but I'll replace this with a length of rope should it be required.
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Engine fails, sea too deep for normal anchor, without it would turn beam on which is much harder to work on engine
A nervous E-tec owner eh?

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GD has heart attack,
He's going to be having that on dry land when he sees the invoice for all that Garmin gear you've put in his cc

In all fairness, whether the boat is beam on or not won't make a huge amount of difference to hanging over the transom if the sea is rough enough to warrant your concern.
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