Originally Posted by Alan Priddy
Better still, dont use it. We worked a long time on establish if a sea anchor would work in big seas and the boat ended up being safer without. I would always advocate filling the boat with water if you cannot make headway in big seas or are drifting on to a lee shore.
Not quite the "RYA" way but then again, have they ever had to survive in bad conditions
A boat that is held head to sea will always ride better than a boat thats just left to its own devices. If a wave hits the boat on its beam then it can capsize, surely its better to have a sea anchor out and not capsize?
You can see on the "Both engines down" thread that before the sea anchor is in use the boat surfs towards the beach, once the slack on the warpd has been taken up it sits nicely and rides the waves out. Would love to see someone trying to sort an outboard surfing down waves.